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- Alternate names & spellings: Ikinyarwanda; Orunyarwanda; Urunyaruanda; Rwanda, Ruanda or Rwandan.
- Language ISO code: kini/ kin/ Rw
- Number of speakers: around 7 million
- Writing system: Latin alphabet.
- Spoken in: Mainly in Rwanda, some parts of Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Kinyarwanda language is Bantu language and belongs to the Benue-Congo branch, which in turn is part of the Niger-Congo language family. It is a dialect of the the Rwanda-Rundi language spoken in Rwanda where it is the primary and the official language, together with English and French. These English and French speakers are mainly refugees that came back from Uganda and Kenya. The major difference in comparison with most of African countries is that these three languages are the only languages spoken in the country. Although most of its speakers are in Rwanda (over 6 million out of 7), Kinyarwanda is also spoken in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It is true that Kinyarwanda is used as the language of the primary school, however, the languages used in the above levels are English and French, being also these two last ones the languages used by the media. The Kirundi dialect, spoken in the neighbouring Burundi and Tanzania, is very close to Kinyarwanda to the level that both languages are mutually intelligible. In addition, Burundi and Rwanda inhabitants can be divided into three different ethnic groups (Hutu, Tutsi and Twa), all of them speaking the Kinyarwanda, which makes Rwanda one of the few Sub-Saharan countries where all ethnic groups speak the same native language. Kinyarwanda is also related to Mashi (spoken in a region of Congo) and to Kiha (spoken in the northwestern part of Tanzania).
Igikiga (Kiga and Tshiga), Bufumbwa, Hutu (Lera, Ululera, Ndara Ndogo and Tshogo) and Rutwa (Twa).