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Tshiluba is a member of the Bantu language family spoken by about six million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is one of the national languages along with Lingála, Kiswahili and Kikongo. The value of women and girls to Congolese society is recognized through the bride price (la dotte), which is payable by the groom's family to the bride's family in order for marriage to proceed, and it can be quite considerable involving both in-kind and cash payments.
Four indigenous languages have the status of national language: Kituba (called "Kikongo"), Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba. The majority of Congolese find it challenging to send their children to school, pay for health care, and even to eat one or two meals a day.

Swahili belongs to the Bantu family of languages, which are spoken in the southern half of Africa. Applications of corpora for African languages. All applications are exemplified with reference to one or more of the following African languages: Cilubà, Sepedi, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Setswana.
There are probably more than seven million people who speak Lingala as a second language and over two million who speak it as their first language. Given these limits, French might have lost its place to another of the leading languages of Za飏e  Lingala, Tshiluba, or Swahili  except that teaching of these languages also suffered from limitations on its growth.

Kituba has become a language used in everyday life by the common people. Children, as well as adults, now watch a similar program in four of the national languages. The Tshiluba word, Ilunga, is apparently the world's most difficult word to translate, according to this article It means "a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time".
Swahili is the most widespread bridge language spoken in Eastern Equatorial Africa. Okapi's programming will consist of morning and evening news bulletins in French and in three principal Congolese languages _ Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba _ with contributions from Congolese correspondents throughout the country.

Lingala is the main lingua franca (common language) thanks in part to former President Mobutu, who made speeches in Lingala and popularized it in the civil service It also became the language of preference in the army and in Congolese music. Lingala was made the official language of the army under Mobutu, but since the rebellions, the army has also used Swahili in the east.

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