Angolar (language)

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Angolar (Ngola)

Spoken in

Sao Tome and Principe
speaker A few thousand
Official status
Recognized minority /
regional language in
Sao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe
Language codes
ISO 639 -1


ISO 639 -2


ISO 639-3


Angolar (also called lunga n'golá ) is a minority language in São Tomé and Príncipe and is spoken in the southernmost part of São Tomé and less often along the coast.

It is a Creole language based on Portuguese and contains many elements of Kimbundu , a Bantu language in Angola . It stands out clearly from the Creole from, which is spoken by the majority population of São Tomé, and even more of the languages spoken on the island of Principe Principensisch .


As a result of a shipwreck of a slave ship from Angola in the middle of the 16th century in the south of the island of São Tomé , slaves from Angola who settled freely as fishermen stranded here. Between 10 and 20% of the language elements from the African original languages ​​have been preserved in the Angolar language. This developed differently due to its own history and is still different from the other Creole languages ​​of São Tomé and Príncipe to this day .

Ângelo Torres , known as a são-tomé-Portuguese actor , shot a documentary about the culture and language of the Angolares in 2005 under the title “Mionga ki Ôbo” (released on DVD in Portugal in 2010, with Portuguese, English and French subtitles).

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Individual evidence

  1. Fernando Cristóvão (Ed.): Dicionário Temático da Lusofonia. Texto Editores, Lisbon / Luanda / Praia / Maputo 2006, ISBN 972-47-2935-4 , p. 614.