Embu language

Embu, also known as Kîembu, is a Bantu language of Kenya. It is spoken by the Embu people, also known as the Aembu (sg. Muembu), and by the Mbeere people.

Embu also has two known dialects, Mbeere (Mbere, Kimbeere) and Embu proper.[1][4]

Native toKenya, Tanzania
RegionEastern Province, Embu District
EthnicityEmbu, Mbeere
Native speakers
320,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ebu


  1. ^ a b Embu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Embu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ [1]
EBU (disambiguation)

EBU or Ebu may refer to:

Ebu, a town in Guangdong province in the south of China

Ebu (album), a 1984 jazz album by Hamiet Bluiett

Eddy break-up model, in combustion engineering

Embu language of Kenya and Tanzania

English Bridge Union, a contract bridge governing body

European Badminton Union, Badminton Europe

European Bitterness Units for beer

European Board of Urology

European Boxing Union

European Broadcasting Union

European Buddhist Union

Exim Bank (Uganda)

Saint-Étienne–Bouthéon Airport near Saint-Étienne, France

Embu people

The Embu are a Bantu people inhabiting Embu county in Kenya. They speak the Bantu Embu language as a mother tongue. To the south of Embu are to be found their cousins, the Mbeere people. In essence Embu county encompasses the ethnic Kîembu dialect (Embu proper), from whom the Embu county's name derives, and the Kimbere dialect spoken by their Mbeere counterparts who inhabit the lower reaches of the county. Historically, both were just referred to as the Embu people. To the west, Embu neighbours are the closely related Kikuyu in Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Kiambu, Muranga and Nyandarua counties. The Meru people border the Embu to the East.

Official languages
Sign languages
Urban languages


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