Tshiluba/Getting to Know You/Letters, Numbers, & Colors

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Before getting started with Tshiluba, it's helpful to have a general idea of the basics. In this section, we discuss the Tshiluba alphabet, counting, and basic colors.

Alphabet[edit]

Letter IPA Pronunciation
A, a [ a ]
B, b [ b ]
C, c [ ʧ ]
D, d [ d ]
E, e [ e ]
F, f [ f ]
G, g [ g ]
H, h [ h ]
I, i [ i ]
J, j [ ʤ ]
K, k [ k ]
L, l [ l ]
M, m [ m ]
N, n [ n ]
Ng, ng [ ŋ ]
Ny, ny [ ɳ ]
O, o [ o ]
P, p [ p ]
R, r [ r ]
S, s [ s ]
Sh, sh [ ʃ ]
T, t [ t ]
U, u [ u ]
V, v [ v ]
W, w [ w ]
Y, y [ j ]
Z, z [ z ]

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Numbers[edit]

  1. Umwa
  2. Ibidi
  3. Isatu
  4. Inayi
  5. Itanu
  6. Isambombo
  7. Muanda muteketa
  8. Muanda mukulu
  9. Tshitema
  10. Dikumi[2]

Colors[edit]

  • Mufika
  • Mukunze
  • Manimani
  • Kalabi
  • Mayi a matamba
  • Mbule
  • Lumbidi
  • Kaki
  • Mutofa[3]

References[edit]

  1. Ager, Simon. "Tshiluba Language and Alphabet". Omniglot. Kualo. http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tshiluba.php. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  2. Luba Classboard. (2014-10-19). Tshiluba Lesson 2-Numbers. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekRBMn_1Jeg. 
  3. "Colors (Kulela)". Quizlet. Quizlet Inc. https://quizlet.com/13509392/colors-kulela-flash-cards/. Retrieved 2017-04-11.