Kituba

Kituba is a lingua franca (trade language) spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Kituba uses a Latin writing system and is spoken by about 5.4 million people. Its exact origins are unclear, but it has been influenced by Kikongo, Lingala, French, Swahili, and Portuguese.

Our Kituba was created in 2013 by Langscape, a project of the University of Maryland. The words and recordings used in this course were assembled by field researchers associated with the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland.