Kikongo-English/ English-Kikongo (Kongo) Dictionary & Phrasebook (Paperback)

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By Yeno Mansoni Matuka (Translator)
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The essential Kikongo language resource

Kikongo (also known as Kongo) is a Bantu language spoken by over 5 million people worldwide, mostly by the Kongo and Ndundu people living in the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Angola. Kikongo was spoken by many from this region who were sold into slavery in the Americas. Thus creolized forms of the language can be found in the ritual speech of Afro-American religions, especially in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is also one of the sources of the Palenquerocreole in Colombia, and the Gullah language spoken in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia in the United States.

This unique, two-part resource provides travelers to Central Africa with the tools they need for daily interaction. The bilingual dictionary has a concise vocabulary for everyday use, and the phrasebook allows instant communication on a variety of topics. Ideal for businesspeople, travelers, students, and aid workers, this guide includes:

  • 4,000 dictionary entries
  • Phonetics that are intuitive for English speakers
  • Essential phrases on topics such as transportation, dining out, and business
  • Concise grammar and pronunciation sections
Product Details
ISBN: 9780781814102
ISBN-10: 0781814103
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English