Somali language

Afroasiatic language belonging to the Cushitic branch

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.

اللغة الصومالية
Native toSomalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya
RegionHorn of Africa
Native speakers
16.6 million (2006)
Official status
Official language in
Regulated byMinistry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Language codes
ISO 639-1so
ISO 639-2som
ISO 639-3som
Somali-speaking region
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The writing system of the Somali language has been Latin alphabet since 1960.

During the colonial years under Italy, in the capital Mogadishu was developed a pidgin from the Italian used by many Somalians: the Pidgin Italian of Somalia