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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: Widely used in Bandundu, Equateur, and Orientale provinces, except the southeast of Orientale. Also spoken in CAR, Congo.
Countries Where Spoken: Second language speakers together with Bangala: 7,000,000 (1999 WA). Population total all countries 309,100 or more. Congo.
Countries Where Official: Democratic Republic of Congo
Native Speakers: 309,100
Speakers Total: 309,100
Phrasebase members who speak Lingala at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Lingala at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Lingala: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Lingala: 0
Three Letter Code: LIN
Alternative Names: NGALA
Summary: Close to Lusengo and Bangala. 33% lexical similarity with Bobangi. Degree of effective understanding and use varies with location, age, rural versus urban and commercial centers, ethnically mixed areas, formal education. Variation in communities. National language. Dictionary. SVO. Bible 1970.

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