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Used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments

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Tshiluba is a Bantu language spoken by about six million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is primarily spoken in Western and Eastern Kasai[1]. Much like English, it is subject-verb-object (SVO). Tshiluba is a tonal language, meaning that a change in tone when speaking the language can have an effect on the meaning conveyed. Two tones are commonly used: high and low. High tones are usually marked by an accent over the vowel, while low tones are left unmarked[2].


Level One[edit]

  1. Getting to Know You
    1. Letters, Numbers, & Colors
    2. Greetings & Introductions
    3. Describing People
  2. Around the House
    1. Furniture
    2. Household Chores
    3. Family

Level Two[edit]

  1. Around Town
    1. Places
    2. Jobs & Professions
    3. Activities
  2. Back to School
    1. School Supplies
    2. School Subjects
    3. Telling Time

Level Three[edit]

  1. How's the Weather?
    1. Dates
    2. Common Weather
    3. What to Wear
  2. Shopping
    1. Likes & Dislikes
    2. Types of Stores
    3. Things to Buy


  1. Appendices
  2. Glossary
  3. Index


  1. Ager, Simon. "Tshiluba Language and Alphabet". Omniglot. Kualo. http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tshiluba.php. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  2. Rosenbaum, Vanessa; Billings, Kelli; Gohn, Janessa; Holcomb, Libby; Lahey, Jessica et al. (2014-04-21). Tshiluba Language Structures (Report). ScholarWorks - Boise State University Scholarship and Research. http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1049&context=as_14. Retrieved 2017-02-02.