Definition of Lingala in English:

Lingala

noun

  • A Bantu language used by over 8 million people as a lingua franca in northern parts of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

    • ‘Having been raised in Uganda speaking English and Swahili, he is essentially a foreigner in a country where the national language is French and the most common indigenous tongue is Lingala.’
    • ‘Spoken instructions come even in the various dialects of Albanian, Kurdish, and Lingala.’
    • ‘The reason he was requested to work was because he spoke both Swahili and Lingala and therefore appeared to have some use for the colonel's purposes.’
    • ‘Chief among them are Kikongo, Lari, Mboshi, and Lingala.’
    • ‘Soukous is mostly about love - the Lingala word motema, meaning ‘heart,’ is laced throughout the lyrics - but it often veers into politics and the importance of daily events.’
    • ‘Kabila spent most of his life in exile in Tanzania, where he learned English and Swahili, but neither French nor Lingala, the two most widely spoken languages in Kinshasa.’
    • ‘Music is mainly of local, Swahili, and Lingala origin, but Western European and American music are also common.’
    • ‘He can speak French, Lingala - the language of the Republic of Democratic Congo, where he was born - Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati as well as English.’
    • ‘Why is it that a Bantu variety as inflection-wary as English is the brand of Lingala spoken non-natively as a lingua franca?’
    • ‘Equally at home singing in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kincongo, he brings energy, rhythm and excitement to his music.’
    • ‘Based in Dublin and well known in African communities, their lively mix of toe-tapping, hip-swinging music blends French, Lingala and Portuguese.’
    • ‘Speakers of African language Lingala, Persian language Farsi, Lithuanian and Somali are among those needed.’
    • ‘Even though several people found it hard to understand the songs sung in Swahili, Lingala and French, they were quiet able to appreciate the harmony and soul-to-soul communication that music brings irrespective of language barriers.’
    • ‘With songs sung in Spanish, French and Lingala and excellent sleeve notes, this album truly celebrates the Afro-Cuban connection.’
    • ‘With his left hand on the mixer and his right queuing up a cassette player, he produces music and other programmes in French, Lingala and Kiswahili.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, the word, ‘Yamakasi,’ isn't Japanese in origin, but comes from the language of Lingala, mostly used in Zaire and Congo.’
    • ‘They alternate between Lingala, French, and Spanish lyrics till they all seem to blend.’
    • ‘Used by the colonial military in the 1800s as the language of trade and travel, Lingala remains the lingua franca of the region.’
    • ‘‘I might sing the odd line in English as a kind of nod to the international market, but I don't speak it, so I'll continue to sing in Lingala,’ he tells him.’
    • ‘The younger Kabila, who was raised in neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda and does not speak Lingala, the main language of this part of Congo, did not speak at the service.’

Origin

A local name.

Pronunciation

Lingala

/liNGˈɡälə/