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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lozi a Bantu Language

The Lozi language, also acknowledged as Silozi and Rozi language is spoken by the Lozi people, total speakers of approximately a half million people.The Bantu language Lozi is spoken in the African countries of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia. The spelling system for Lozi was standardized in Zambia in 1977.

Lozi is an official language in Zambia. It is used in the media in Zambia and in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also used in education and administration in Namibia. Lozi (loh-zee) 101 Some common Lozi words are:

1. Ambile- To Speak

2. Amo-Tie

3. Boi- Shyness

4. Cali- Shawl

5. Ciso-Burning

6. Good luck- Ni ku lakaleza litohonolo

7. Good night- Lobala ka kozo

8. How are you? - U pila cwang?

9. Sorry- Ni swalele

10. Welcome- Mu amuhezwi

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