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Somali
Af-Soomaali
اللغة الصومالية
Native to Somalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya
Region Horn of Africa
Native speakers 16.6 million  (2006)
Language family
Afro-Asiatic
  • Cushitic
    • Lowland East
      • Somali
        • Somali
Writing system
  • Latin (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Osmanya
  • Borama
  • Kaddare
Official status
Official language in  Somalia
Regulated by Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
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Somali-speaking region

Somali (Arabic: الصوماليه) is a Cushitic language. It is spoken by ethnic Somalis in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya, as well as by the Somali diaspora around the world -- an estimated total population of between 10 and 16 million speakers.

The writing system of the Somali language has been Latin alphabet since 1960.


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