Ndonga

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A language of Namibia

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

700,000 (2002 J. Leclerc).

Location

Kunene, Omusati, and Oshana regions; east area, Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions. Areas in Kunene and Oshana regions are small and scattered.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

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

Language Use

Also use English [eng].

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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