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Fang language

Native to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon
Ethnicity Fang people
Native speakers
1.3 million  (2006–2011)[1]
Southwest Fang
Language codes
ISO 639-2 fan
ISO 639-3 fan
Glottolog fang1246[3]

Fang is the dominant Bantu language of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. It is related to the Bulu and Ewondo languages of southern Cameroon. Fang is spoken in northern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and throughout Equatorial Guinea. This language is used in the song Zangalewa which Shakira sampled in her song, "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" as a tribute to African music.

There are many different variants of Fang in Gabon and Cameroon. Maho (2009) lists Southwest Fang as a distinct language. The other dialects are Ntumu, Okak, Make, Atsi (Batsi), Nzaman (Zaman), Mveny.

Common phrases for the Oyem area of northern Gabon include:

  • Hello (for one person) = M'bolo
  • Hello (for many people) = M'bolani
  • Response = Am'bolo; Am'bolani
  • How are you? = Y'o num vah?
  • response = M'a num vah
  • Where are you going = Wa kuh vay?
  • I'm going home = Ma kuh Andah
  • I'm going to school = Ma ke see-kolo
  • I'm going for a walk = Ma ke ma woolou
  • I'm hungry = Ma woh zeng
  • I'm sick = Ma kwan
  • I understand French = Ma wok Flacci
  • I don't understand Fang = Ma wok ki Fang
  • I don't speak Fang = Ma kobe ki Fang
  • What did you say = Wa dzon ah dzeh?
  • I said... = Ma dzon ah...
  • Holy cow! = A tara dzam!
  • I want to eat = Ma cuma adji
  • Thank you = Akiba

See also


  1. ^ Fang at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Fang (Equatorial Guinea)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

External links

  • Vocabulario castellano-fang-catalán online
  • Bantulanyi
  • PanAfriL10n page on Beti (incl. Fang)
  • Map of Fang language from the LL-Map project

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