Dr John Sendama

English-Bemba Dictionary 500x822 - kitweonline

English-Bemba Dictionary 500×822 – kitweonline

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English – Bemba Dictionary

Format: eBook

Published: May 04, 2012
Words: 12,916 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476179599

Short description

Bemba is one of Zambia’s 72 languages. It is also the most widely spoken in the northern part of the country and along the line of rail. Bemba continues to evolve as it assimilates words from other languages, including English.

The dictionary concentrates on the commonly used Bemba words.

Those learning the language will find this dictionary helpful.


Review by: jacqueline dickey on Aug. 07, 2012 : (no rating)

I am very happy to have this dictionary. I would like a Bemba-English version, though.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)


Review by: MUSONDA KAPATAMOYO on June 08, 2012 : (no rating)

Wonderful dictionary. Comes in handy very often. Needs more words though because Bemba is very dynamic and continuously changing. The dictionary could reflect that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)





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Product Details

  • File Size: 1070 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dr. John Sendama; 1 edition (November 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,587 Paid in Kindle Store
  • Format: eBook and Print Book


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  1. Kazadi Mubanga Wilga
    March 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I live in DRC/Lubumbashi, since 2010 I am still working on luvale-english/English-Luvale Dictionary. I am doing manuscript work using the existing “Dictionary of Luvale” which I bought last time in zambia. To tell you the truth I like this language. After finishing this hard work, Is it wise of me to take the manuscript to the Luvale Department in zambia? Your advice is urgently needed. May Jehovah God bless you and the entire community of luvale people!

    • JS
      March 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Hello Kadazi, Congratulations on your achievement. Working on a dictionary is a hard task but you have taken it on.
      I would suggest that you do not restrict your self to one way of marketing your dictionary. You can approach traditional publishers and also look at self publishing.
      You can also approach the Ministry of Education to explore the possibility of having it adopted in schools.

  2. October 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Ba Dr. Ni kwisa ningasanga Dictionary intu mwalemba iya cingeleshi ne cibemba? Bushe amashitolo ya fitabo nayakwata kuno ku Lusaka?
    (Translation: Where can I get a copy of your English-Bemba Dictionary? Is it stocked by bookshops in Lusaka?)

    • JS
      October 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Ba Chanshi,
      The English-Bemba Dictionary is currently only available as an eBook on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158704?ref=drjs

      It is not yet in print. I am currently working on the second edition. Those who have bought the first edition will be able to download the second edition free of charge. I hope to have a print copy of the second edition.

  3. Bob Ames
    July 19, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Dr John, I am interested in learning Luvale. There is very little published material. I have a Grammar and Luvale/ English dictionary, both written a while ago by A E Horton. I would like an English/Luvale dictionary. Do you know where I could buy one? Do you know of any Luvale sources.

    Thank you,
    Bob Ames

    • JS
      July 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Hi Bob,
      It is true, there does not seem to be a lot of information on the Internet on Luvale.
      If we come across any information, we will get in touch. In the meantime, we hope any reader who knows any better will leave a comment here.

    • Diewerke
      January 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Ngachili Bob,

      My best friend here in Holland comes from a Luvale family in Zambia.
      Last summer I went with here to Zambia to meet her family and I
      also got a Luvale name ‘Chisola’ which means ‘welcome’. I would really
      like to learn more Luvale words from a dictionary but they are no longer
      available through the internet. Since you’ve mentioned that you do have a
      copy, is there a possibility for me to receive a photocopy of the Luvale-
      English dictionary? By the way, I also saw a Luvale phrase book written
      by White on the internet but also just available in libraries.

      Thank you,

      Diewerke / Chisola

      • JS
        January 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

        Hi Chisola,
        Thanks for your inquiry.
        Unfortunately I do not have a copy of the English-Luvale dictionary.
        Hopefully one of our readers will be able to provide us with more information about how one could obtain a copy.

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