|Total speakers||4.6 million|
|Official language in||Burundi|
|Regulated by||No official regulation|
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Kirundi (also written Rundi) is a Bantu language (D62 in Guthrie's classification) spoken by some 6 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and Congo-Kinshasa, as well as in Uganda. 84% of the speakers are Hutu, 15% are Tutsi and 1% are Twa.
The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to three different ethnic groups: Bahutu, Batutsi, and Batwa (a pygmy people). The fact that these ethnic groups share the same language is assumed to be the result of the Bahutu outnumbering the latter two groups (see Bahutu for a more complete historical perspective).
Kirundi is frequently cited as a language where Meeussen's rule, a rule describing a certain pattern of tonal change in Bantu languages, is active.
|Uravuga icongereza?||Do you speak English?|
|Ikirundi n'ikinyarwanda bisa nk'igi czek n'igi slovak||Kirundi and Kinyarwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak|
|Nzoza ejo/Nzoz'ejo||I will come tomorrow|
|Leta zunz'ubumwe z'amerika||United States of America|
|°N.B. eejo is pronounced the same as
the other e is written for differentiation.