Lozi language

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Native toZambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
RegionWestern Zambia, Zambezi
Native speakers
(725,000 cited 1982–2010 census)[1]
Latin (Lozi alphabet)
Zambian Braille
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2loz
ISO 639-3loz
K.20 (K.21)[2]

Lozi, also called Silozi and Rozi, is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family.

It is spoken by the Lozi people in southwestern Zambia. It is also spoken in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and the Zambezi Region of Namibia.

History[change | change source]

The Lozi language comes from a mix of two languages: Luyana and Kololo.

Example[change | change source]

This is Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Lozi:

Taba ya 1: Batu kaufela ba pepilwe inge ba lukuluhile ni liswanelo ze swana. Ba ba ni swanelo ya ku nahana mi ba swanela ku ba ni likezo za buzwale ku mutu yo mung'wi.

— in Lozi[3]

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

— in English[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lozi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. "OHCHR -". www.ohchr.org.
  4. "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". www.un.org. 6 October 2015.