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Rundi (commonly seen in its native form, Kirundi) is a Bantu leid (D62 in Guthrie's classification) spaken bi some 8.7 million fowk in Burundi an adjacent pairts o Tanzanie an Congo-Kinshasa, as well as in Ugandae. 84% o the speakers are Hutu, 15% are Tutsi an 1% are Twa.

Rundi is closely related tae the Rwanda leid, the principal leid o neighbourin kintra Rwanda, an tae Ha, a leid spaken in wastren Tanzanie. Rundi an Rwanda are mutually intelligible.

The inhabitants o Rwanda an Burundi belang tae three different ethnic groups: Hutu, Tutsi, an Twa (a pygmy fowk). The fact that these ethnic groups share the same leid is assumed tae be the result o the Hutu ootnumbering the latter twa groups (see Hutu for a mair complete historical perspective).

Rundi is frequently citit as a leid where Meeussen's rule, a rule describin a certain pattern o tonal chynge in Bantu lsid, is active.

Example translations
Ego Yes
Oya Nae
Uravuga icongereza? Dae ye speak Inglis?
Bite? Wha's Up?
Mwaramutse Hi/Guid Mornin
Ikirundi n'ikinyarwanda bisa nk'igi czek n'igi slovak Rundi an Rwanda are closely relatit like Czech an Slovak
Amata Milk
Ejo Yesterday
Eejo° Tomorrow
Nzoza ejo/Nzoz'ejo A will come tomorrae
Ubu Now
Faransa/Ubufaransa Fraunce
Ngereza/Ubwongereza Ingland
Leta zunz'ubumwe z'amerika Unitit States o Americae
Ubudagi Germany
Ububirigi Belgium
°N.B. eejo is pronounced the same as ejo:
the other e is written for differentiation.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Meeussen, A.E. (1959) Essai de grammaire Rundi Annales du Musée Royal du Congo Belge, Série Sciences Humaines - Linguistique, vol. 24. Tervuren

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

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