Lingala Basic – course

With Lingala course languages you get to know the Lingala language and its basic grammar and learn a bit about Congolese culture. The course is also a point of departure for families considering returning to congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world, with over 200 languages spoken in the country. While French is the official language and widely used in education and government, there are four national languages: Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba.

Culture is most evident in the well-preserved tribal and ethnic traditions of the Congolese, as well as in the music they play, infused with French, Arab and African roots. The people follow a variety of religious beliefs, but most of the population is either Catholic or Protestant.

More than 250 ethnic groups have been identified and named of which the majority are Bantu. The four largest groups – Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande make up about 45% of the population.