Most people have no idea what languages are spoken in Zambia. The official language and primary lingua franca of the nation is English, used in business and education, though the dominant languages in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, are Chewa (Nyanja) and Bemba. However, that’s only part of the picture: this country at the intersection of Central, East, and Southern Africa hosts anywhere between 20 to 73 languages, depending on how you classify languages and dialects. The Zambian government recognizes several minority languages, including Lozi, Tumbuka, Tonga, Lunda, Luvale, and Kaonde, and it’s Kaonde that we’re focusing on today.
Clocking in at roughly 350,000 native speakers, Kaonde serves as one of the most widely spoken languages in Zambia, with an estimated 2.3% of Zambians speaking Kaonde as their native language. Kaonde is also spoken across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, though by fewer people, and the language is typically classified as Kiluba when spoken in the DRC. Kaonde is an important language in Zambia—enough so that it receives coverage from the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation—but nonetheless, Kaonde translation services are hard to come by. So, we at TranslationServices.com have vowed to make it easier by forming our very own Kaonde translation team.
You may like to see a quote of our Kaonde translation services before proceeding—simply reach out and request a free one!
Let us tell you a bit more about Kaonde.
Kaonde speakers are concentrated in a particular area of Zambia—namely, the northwestern and central regions of the country, with spillover into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To be more precise, Kaonde speakers generally live in the districts of Solwezi, Mufumbwe, Kasempa, Kalumbila, and Mushindamo in Zambia’s North-Western Province, the district of Mumbwa in Central Province, and the district of Kaoma in Western Province.
As for the linguistic structure of Kaonde, it’s a proud member of the Bantu language family, an expansive branch of the Niger–Congo language family. In fact, most languages in central and southern Africa are from the Bantu family. Kaonde’s most defining feature is its more than a dozen noun classes, which you can think of like grammatical genders. Each class comes with a unique prefix for singular and plural nouns, as well as singular and plural concord prefixes that are attached to any verbs, adjectives, demonstratives and other words that might modify the noun. Indeed, Kaonde is a complex language.
We make Kaonde translation accessible and easy.
Don’t be scared off by Kaonde’s convoluted noun class system! It’s hard to learn, certainly, but for native speakers like our Kaonde translators, it comes naturally. We’ve specifically hired translators from both Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who are passionate about their language and dedicated to producing high-quality, accurate translations with every order, whether you need us to translate into Kaonde or from Kaonde. If you’re looking for a specific dialect, just let us know—our team is diverse enough to cover the entire Kaonde-speaking area.
Speaking of diversity on our Kaonde translation team, our translators hail from all sorts of different translation backgrounds, with some specializing in business or academic translation, others in literary translation, and others yet in localization. We’re proud to help CEOs, business leaders, professors, researchers, students, authors, poets, software developers, bloggers, artists, presenters, educators, language activists, and others from all across Zambia and the entire world access high-quality Kaonde translation services, helping them overcome the language barrier that the proud language presents. And, since many of our translators have expertise in additional fields, we can even translate documents littered with esoteric terminology—all you have to do is let us know what discipline your text deals with!
Accessing high-quality Kaonde translation services is easy with TranslationServices.com. All you have to do is message us to put the process in motion!