CIT offers Lovale interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Lovale language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Lovale language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Lovale language interpreters and translators possess in-depth knowledge of the Lovale language, as well as of the culture and history of the Lovale people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Luvale Language

The Luvale language, also known as Lubale, Lovale and Lwena or Luena, is a Bantu language. It is spoken in Angola (in Moxico Province) and Zambia (in North-west and western provinces). There are eight official Zambian languages, including Luvale. In 2010, it was calculated that there are approximately 635,000 Lovale speakers worldwide with about 171,000 of those speakers living in Zambia. Today, the Lovale language is used in many facets, such as education, administration and media, including television and radio. The language is written in a Latin script.

The Luvale language is close to the Lunda and Ndembu people in many categories such as history, materials, religion and language. Culturally, they are very close to the Kaonde, Chokwe and Luchazi, which are prominent and important groups in East Angola. However, the Luvale have made a clear distinction between themselves and the Lunda, particularly because of ethnic politics that led the groups to have poor relations ever since the mid 20th century. What they both have in common is their dislike of the Lozi, their southern neighbors. Some of the biggest parts of their conflict are due to agricultural issues.

While en route to get slaves for the Portugese, Mdundu traders originiating from Angola met the Luvale people in the late 1700s. For trade of guns, cloth, beads and other materials, the Luvale obtained slaves for the Mbundu. This was later stopped in the early 1900s by the British.

The Luvale are different from other Zambians as they have strong lineage and clans. Although there are Luvale chiefs, lineage groups play different roles. According to the Luvale, matrilineal descent is followed and it is preferred that cross-cousin marriage occurs. Additionally, there is a very important male initiation into manhood, called mukanda, and is a significant rite of passage that bestows manhood and further responsibilities.

The Luvale people are known to be great fishermen and they are particularly known for their export of dry catfish. Another Luvale tradition is that of hunting; however, game is becoming rare in the area. Some of their most important crops include yams, peanuts and corn.