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Quick user guide:
- type a word in either Kirundi, English or French language.
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- Kirundi nouns shown with class & plural:
igisuma (ibi-) 4 ▶ thief
- Kirundi verbs shown with past stem:
▶ to be known
click on a kirundi verb to conjugate it
- click on to hear the pronunciation by a native speaker. Click on to record and contribute an audio pronunciation file
- search by plural (e.g. ibigiga) to find the singular
ikigiga (ibi-) 4 ▶ chunk of wood
- analyze any conjugated form (e.g. mukababwira), no matter the class, subject, tense or object and find the correct verb
- search verbs by past stem: -hanaguye
findguhanagura (-ye) ▶ to wipe off
- Choose which translation direction you want to see:
- Kirundi vowels with long or high tones:
intore (in-) versus intōre (in-)
- search for over 7.600 Kirundi terms and over 10.800 terms in English and French.
This unique dictionary by Betty Cox is known for the deep cultural insight it provides to many Kirundi terms. It has been thouroughly revised, adapted to present-day Kirundi orthography rules and hundreds of new words or meanings have been added.
Kirundi Dictionary (original)
Kirundi Dictionary (alphabetical)
In the original version the entries are sorted by the word stem, this is helpful to learn new vocabulary by recognizing the relationship to already known words of the same stem. But users without any knowledge of basic Kirundi grammar may have difficulties to find a word. Therefore we included here also the same dictionary with all vocabulary in simple alphabetical order.
The Kirundi self study course guides you through 125 lessons and makes you learn both the necessary vocabulary and grammar.
The second volume with over 80 lessons delves deeply into Kirundi grammar. After completion of this 2-volume course you will have a thorough command of the Kirundi language.
Book I, Kirundi Lesson book
Book II, Kirundi Grammar book
- Listen to native Kirundi Speakers reading the New Testament. This bilingual App (Kirundi and English) makes you learn Kirundi easily through listening and learning the correct pronunciation while following the written text in either Kirundi or English. Google Play Store:
Kirundi / English NT Audio App
- The Study Course uses numerous examples from the Kirundi Bible Translation of 1967. Get the complete bible as App on your phone. Google Play Store: Bibiliya Yera mu kirundi
- Kinyarwanda is closely related to Kirundi. Check out the excellent website kinyarwanda.net
Train your listening skills and follow Kirundi native speakers!
* If you cant listen to the radio, please update this app to the latest version.
Original dictionary and language course by Elizabeth Ellen Cox, 1969; Marston Memorial Historical Center
Revised and augmented 2005 - 2022
by M.Philipps, Bujumbura Christian University , Burundi
English pronunciation by
Special Thanks to Martin Rudasingwa and Innocent "Ruseka" Niyonsaba. Kirundi voice recordings done by Obedi Nshimirimana, Christophe Kivunge, Nsavyimana gaudence, Thank You!
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