Nyanja

Facts

  • Language: Nyanja
  • Alternate names: Chinyanja, Chewa
  • Language code: nya
  • Language family: Niger-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern Bantoid, Bantu, East Bantu, Tumbuka-Sena-Nyanja, Sena-Nyanja, Nyanjaic
  • Number of speakers: 9349471
  • Script: Latin script

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    Introduction

    Nyanja is a language of the Bantu language family widely spoken in south-central Africa. Nyanja is one of the two official national languages of the Republic of Malawi, the other being English, and as Nyanja is one of the seven official tribal languages of Zambia, where it is spoken mostly in the Eastern Province. It is also spoken in Mozambique, especially in the provinces of Tete and Niassa, as well as in Zimbabwe where, according to some estimates, it ranks as the third most widely used local language, after Shona? and Ndebele.

    The verb

    The verb consists of a stem which normally doesn't change, and a pronoun-prefix which varies with the subject.

    Sample verb: ona

     PresentImperative
    Sg.1Ndiona 
    Sg.2Uonaona!
    Sg.3Aona 
    Pl.1Tiona 
    Pl.2Muonaonani!
    Pl.3Aona 

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    Nyanja verb list

    Verblist