L1 users: 1,760,000 (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 2,521,000.
Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, and Balaka district: bordering Mozambique, between southeast tip of Lake Malawi and Lake Kilwa; small area in Chiradzulu district.
Latin script [Latn].
Yao in Tanzania use a different orthography from Malawi; Mozambique Yao also has some differences. Muslim.