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Learn Tumbuka

Tumbuka is one of many Bantu languages that cover a huge geographical area of sub Saharan Africa. They come from an oral tradition and uTalk has the widest range of them to learn in the market. Nouns are classified differently, for example according to whether they're an animal, plant, or human and this can change the way a sentence works. But don't worry it’s easy to pronounce and you’ll soon get the hang of it.§

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Where Is It Spoken?

Malawi

Zambia

Tanzania

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Number Of Speakers

2,000,000

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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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