- Tshiluba language
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tshiluba (also called Luba-Kasai and Luba-Lulua) is a Bantu language spoken in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is a national language.
Tshiluba belongs to the Bantu branch of the
Niger-Congo languages. It is the language of the Balubapeople.
Tshiluba is spoken by about 6.3 million people in the
Kasaï Occidentaland Kasaï Orientalprovinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There are significant dialect differences between the
East Kasai Region( Luba people) and the West Kasai Region( Bena Luluapeople).
The Bantu word identified in
June 2004by Today's Translations, a British translation company, as the most untranslatable in the world: " ilunga", in the Tshiluba tongue, means "a person ready to forgive any abuse the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time". However, it is more likely to be a personal namerather than a difficult word.
*MacIntyre, Ben. "Why do Koreans say 'a biscuit would be nice' instead of 'I want a biscuit'?", The Times,
August 21, 2004.
* [http://www.ciyem.ugent.be/ Online Cilubà - French Dictionary]
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=lua Ethnologue report on Tshiluba]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3830521.stm BBC News: Congo word "most untranslatable"]
* [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Luba PanAfrican L10n page on Luba]
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