Kinyarwanda language resources – Language Links Database

Kinyarwanda – is an official language of Rwanda and a dialect of the Rwanda-Rundi language spoken by at least 10 million people in Rwanda, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjacent parts of southern Uganda where it is known as Rufumbira. Kinyarwanda is one of the four official languages of Rwanda (along with English, French and Kiswahili) and is spoken by almost all of the native population.


More informationWikipedia

Native speakers:  9.8 million (2018)

Official language in: Rwanda

Kinyarwanda Grammar and Pronunciation


Kinyarwanda Reading Materials


  • Understandingkinyarwanda.files.wordpress.com - “This paper aims to provide an insight into how Kinyarwanda works as a language. It should be used in conjunction with speaking regularly and searching new words.” - PDF
  • Bbc.com - a newspaper online
  • Igihe.com - a newspaper online
  • Radiyoyacuvoa.com - a newspaper online
  • PeaceCorps.gov- “Trainee Kinyarwanda Book”:  “The Trainee Kinyarwanda Book” has the potential to be very useful for learners, insofar as it is arranged by practical topics that encourage communicative competency in real-life situations.” - PDF

Kinyarwanda Learning Materials


  • Cram.com - Kinyarwanda flashcards
  • Quizlet.com - Kinyarwanda flashcards
  • speak-kinyarwanda.appstor.io - “Speak Kinyarwanda” contains over 2000 commonly used Kinyarwanda phrases and vocabularies for tourists, travelers and other Kinyarwanda learners. The app will help English-speaking community to learn commonly used Kinyarwanda in their daily life and master the pronunciation of Kinyarwanda native speaker. The app will assist the learners in practicing their Kinyarwanda speaking and listening skills, wherever and whenever they are.”
  • Forvo.com -  “Collection of Kinyarwanda words pronounced by native speakers”
  • Memrise.com - “Spaced repetition site and app for learning Kinyarwanda vocabulary”

Kinyarwanda Dictionaries


Kinyarwanda Listening and Video Resources


TV / Video / Movies


  • SquidTv.net - List of Rwanda TV stations online
  • YouTube - Kinyarwanda Lessons - YT Playlist
  • YouTube - Learn Kinyarwanda YT Channel

Radio




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