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Where Is It Spoken?

Malawi

Zambia

Tanzania

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Bantu

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Fun facts about Tumbuka

There's a really useful word called 'ujeni' which you can use instead of any noun, place or person. The english equivalents are 'thingy', 'that place' or 'you know who'.

To express a negative you just have to add the word 'chala' or 'yayi' to the end of a sentence.

Tumbuka has numbers up to 5, then 6 is 5 + 1, 7 is 5 + 2 etc. This system means that numbers can get quite long so locals tend to use Tumbuka numbers up to about 20, then switch to English.§

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