Lingala is a Bantu language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Upwards of two million people speak Lingala natively in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is the official language. An additional seven million people speak Lingala as their second language. Within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lingala is spoken widely in the Bandundu, Equateur, and Orientale provinces. Lingala is also spoken in the Central African Republic of the Congo by upwards of 100,000 speakers. The language is occasionally referred to as Ngala.
Lingala is written with the Latin alphabet. The seven vowels are represented by five symbols. The orthographic symbols 'e' and 'o' each represent two sounds. There are two tones in Lingala. High tone is represented with an acute accent, while low tone is unmarked. Key Dialects: Mankanza, Mangala, Bangala, urban Lingala.
CLASSIFICATION = Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family, SCRIPT = Latin
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