Lingala is a Bantu language spoken mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a large part of the Republic of Congo. It is also spoken in some parts of Angola and the Central African Republic. There are thought to be 5.5 million native Lingala speakers and 7 million second language speakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lingala is one of the principal languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. The Lingala of today is based on Bobangi, spoken by the people who lived along the Congo River between Lisala and Kinshasa. Bobangi was the regional trade language until the arrival of the Europeans in the late nineteenth century. People upstream of the Bangala mistook Bangi for the language of the Bangala and called it Lingala which means “language of the Bangala” and European missionaries followed suit.

In the last two decades of the 19th century, after the forces of Leopold II of Belgium conquered the region and started exploiting it commercially, Bangi came into wider use. The colonial administration, in need of a common language for the region, started to use the language for administrative purposes. Compared to local Bantu languages, its sentence structure, word structure and sounds were simplified and its speakers freely borrowed words and constructions from other languages they knew. It became the language of the army, police, administration, education, politics, media, and missionaries.

Lingala language can be divided into four variations: Standard Lingala, Spoken Lingala, Kinshasa Lingala, and Brazzaville Lingala.

Standard Lingala is mostly used in educational and news broadcasts on radio or television, in religious services in the Catholic Church and is the language taught at all educational levels. Spoken Lingala is the variation mostly used in the day-to-day lives of Lingala speakers. This variation of Lingala is historically associated with the work of Protestant missionaries. Kinshasa Lingala and Brazzaville Lingala are the dialects from the capitals of both Congos. They are both heavily influenced by other Bantu languages as well as French (the official language of both countries).

Lingala was first written by missionaries in about 1900. Today there are various ways to write it, all of which use the Latin alphabet. There is no standard spelling system and literacy in Lingala is low among Lingala speakers.


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Lingala Proverb: “Linga nsoso, linga nyei na ye.” – Love the chicken, love its poo”

Meaning: Accept the good with the bad.


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