The Lingala language has been classified as a Bantu language. It is spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), and to a certain extent in Angola and the Central African Republic. Lingala has many loans from French. There are also some Portuguese, English and Dutch influences. The Lingala language can be divided in various dialects/variations. The major variations are : Standard Lingala, Spoken Lingala, Kinshasa Lingala and Brazzaville Lingala.

Map of Lingala language speakers.
Map of Lingala language speakers.

Basic stats

First language : 2 million

Second language : 7 million

Main Countries: Democratic Repiblic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo

Alternate names: Ngala

ISO 639-3 Code: lin

Language Sample

Bato nyonso na mbotama bazali nzomi pe bakokani na limemya pe makoki. Bazali na mayele pe base, geli kofanda na bondeko okati na bango.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Lingala:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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