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(Languages) the language of the Luba people, used as a trade language in the Democratic Republic of Congo. See Luba
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(ˈlu bə)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people of the SE Democratic Republic of the Congo who formed the nucleus of a succession of states in the region from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
2. Also called Chiluba, Ciluba, Tshiluba. the Bantu language of the Luba.
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Noun1.Tshiluba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern CongoTshiluba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern Congo
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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Over 200 native languages are spoken in the DRC, therefore interviews were usually conducted in a combination of languages used by participants, including French, Lingala, Tshiluba, and Swahili.
It was Kabert who composed the song, Wendenda, in Tshiluba, spoken by one of the biggest ethnic groups in the DRC.
Mes proverbes Tshiluba favoris (interpretes en Francais) [My favorite Tshiluba proverbs (translated into French)].
Being one of the larger countries in the Africa, the DRC is home to about 78 million people, who speak an array of different languages, like Kinkingo, Lingala, Tshiluba, and Swahili.
According to him African languages such as Wolof, Kikongo, Swahili, Tshiluba, Yoruba and Zulu could have become a national language because they had minority groupings falling under them and their speakers who are bilingual would suffer no discrimination.
The questionnaire was developed in French with oral translation into locale languages (Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, and Tshiluba) and field tested prior to the survey.
Principally, these conflicts brought into opposition Congolese from the East, who are Swahili speakers and mostly pro-Kabila supporters, (pejoratively termed collabos),(2) and Congolese from the West, who generally speak Kikongo, Lingala and Tshiluba, also known as combattants,(3) and are generally in the antiKabila camp.
In the DRC, for example, radio stations broadcast not only in tshiLuba, kiKongo, kiSwahili, and Lingala, which are the four national languages, but also in many other local languages (R.