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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: Malawi
Region: Northern Province, west shore of Lake Malawi, south of the Ngonde, north of the Tonga and Ngoni. Also spoken in Tanzania, Zambia.
Countries Where Spoken: 662,000 in Malawi (1993 Johnstone). Population total all countries 2,000,000 (1999 WA). Tanzania, Zambia.
Countries Where Official: Malawi
Native Speakers: 2,000,000
Speakers Total: 2,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tumbuka at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tumbuka at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tumbuka: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tumbuka: 0
Three Letter Code: TUW
Summary: Most Ngoni in Malawi speak Tumbuka or Chewa. Kandawire and Fulirwa are clans, not dialects. National language. Christian, some traditional religion. Bible 1957-1980.

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