Ndonga

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A language of Namibia

Alternate Names
Ambo, Ochindonga, Oshindonga, Osindonga, Otjiwambo, Owambo
Population

807,000 (2006). 714,000 in Namibia, including Kwanyama and Kwambi (1991 census).

Location

Ovamboland.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2001, Education Act No. 16, Article 35), implemented by Ministry of Education, 2003.

Dialects

Eunda Kolonkadhi, Kwaludhi, Ngandyera. Ngandyera may be a separate language. Partially intelligible of Kwanyama [kua].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 75%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1954–1986.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Glossonym: Otjiwambo and Owambo, together with the Kwanyama [kua] and Kwambi [kwm]. Christian, traditional religion.