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In Zambia, there are many languages that are spoken.  Though the official national language is English, there are seven major languages that are also recognized by the government.  They are Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Kaonde, Lunda and Luvale.  While most people in the large cities such as the capital Lusaka will speak some English, attempting to speak a local language is received warmly.  In Lusaka, the most commonly spoken languages are Nyanja and Bemba.


Nyanja
How are you? (Typical greeting)      Muli Bwanji.
I am fine.                                      (Ndili) Bwino. (pronounced "nili bwino")
Okay/fine.                                     Chabwino.
Thank you.                                    Zikomo.
See you later.                                Tiza onana.
I don't have.                                  Nlibe.  (Good response for begging street kids)


Bemba
How are you?                                 Muli Shani.
I am fine.                                      (Ndifye) bwino.
Okay/fine.                                     Chawama.
Thank you.                                    Natotela.

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