The Bantu languages are spread throughout subsaharan Africa, their speakers having migrated from West Africa to the south and east between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The group got its name because most of the languages have a word similar to bantu meaning "people". Many of the languages are tonal, with each vowel having a high or low tone. They also have an elaborate system of agreement among words in a sentence. The agreement is achieved mostly through prefixes; note in the phrases how each language name is prefixed. Other Bantu languages not yet represented include Luganda, Xhosa, and Zulu.

Kinyarwanda: Hear It

Ntabwo mvuga ikinyarwanda ariko ni ikirimi cyiza.


Handi taure chishona asi chirudzi chakanaka.

Swahili: Hear It

Siwezi kuongea Kiswahili, lakini ni luga nzuri sana.