Hehe is a Bantu language spoken by the Hehe people of the Iringa region of Tanzania, lying south of the Great Ruaha River. It was reported to have "Ngoni" features, that is, words of a Zulu-like language introduced when conquered by a Nguni or Zulu-like people in the early 19th century. However, other "Ngoni" speeches seem to have lost most of these distinctive features over the past 150-odd years, the language more resembling those of the neighbouring peoples. In 1977 it was estimated that 190,000 people spoke Hehe. There has been some Bible translation (British and Foreign Bible Society). Hehe may be mutually intelligible with Bena.
Hehe has 15 noun classes (akin to the genders of European languages); it marks this class with a prefix.
Heh or HEH may refer to:
Heh (god), an Egyptian deity
Heh (letter), the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets
Hehe language, spoken in Tanzania
Heho Airport, in Shan State, Burma
Helium hydride ion (HeH+)Hehe
Hehe may refer to:
the Hehe people
the Hehe language
an onomatopoeia for laughterHehe people
The Hehe (Swahili collective: Wahehe) are an ethnic and linguistic group based in Iringa Region in south-central Tanzania, speaking the Bantu Hehe language. In 2006, the Hehe population was estimated at 805,000, up from the just over 250,000 recorded in the 1957 census when they were the eighth largest tribe in Tanganyika.Historically, they are famous for vanquishing a German expedition at Lugalo on 17 August 1891 and maintaining their resistance for seven years thereafter.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.