Duala language

Duala language
Spoken in Cameroon
Ethnicity Duala people
Native speakers 90,000  (1982)
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dua

Duala (also spelled Douala, Diwala, Dwela, Dualla, and Dwala) is the language spoken by the Duala people of Cameroon. The language belonges to the Bantu language family, and a subgroup of it called the Duala languages. The song "Soul Makossa", as well as pop songs that repeated its lyrics, internationally popularized the Duala word for "(I) dance", "makossa".[1]


  1. E. Dinkelacker, Wörterbuch der Duala-Sprache, Hamburg, 1914.
  2. Paul Helmlinger, Dictionnaire duala-français, suivi d'un lexique français-duala. Editions Klincksieck, Paris, 1972.
  3. Johannes Ittmann, edited by E. Kähler-Meyer, Wörterbuch der Duala-Sprache, Dictionnaire de la langue duala, Dictionary of the Duala Language, Dietrich Reimer, Berlin, 1976. The preface evaluates 1 as terse, but good, while 2 has missing and erroneous tone marks.

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