Zarma

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Zarma
  • Alternate names: DYERMA, DYARMA, DYABARMA, ADZERMA, DJERMA, ZABARMA, ZARBARMA, ZARMACI
  • Language code: dje
  • Language family: Nilo-Saharan, Songhai, Southern
  • Number of speakers: 2151000
  • Script:

Introduction

In Niger, dialects from Dendi and Songai blend into Zarma. Intelligibility is high, although they use ethnic names 'Dendi' or 'Songai' for themselves. Speakers cannot understand Gao Songai in Mali. Ethnic groups include Kurtey (32,000), Wogo (28,000), Songai (400,000), Dendi (40,000). National language. Dictionary. Radio programs, TV. Muslim, traditional religion, some Christian. Bible 1990.