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Where Is It Spoken?

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Republic of the Congo

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Number Of Speakers

10,000,000

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Language Family

Bantu

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Fun facts about Lingala

Lingala borrows heavily from French, as well as Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Lingala is strongly connected to popular culture and is the main language used in jazz lyrics across Central Africa.

Lingala had no writing system until the early 1900s, when missionaries started using the Latin script to write it. Today, Lingala is still more a spoken language than a written one, and there is no standardisation of spelling.

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