CIT offers Lunda 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 Lunda 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 Lunda language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Lunda language interpreters and translators possess in-depth knowledge of the Lunda language, as well as of the culture and history of the Lunda people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Lunda Language

The Lunda Language, also known as the Chilunda language, is spoken main in Zambia. Approximately 403,000 people worldwide speak the language. Lunda is also spoken in Angola and even a little in the Republic of Congo. Lunda is spoken primarily in the Northwestern province of Zambia.

Lunda is part of the Niger-Congo language family and is a Bantu language. There are four dialacts of Lunda: Humbu, Kawiku, Kosa (also known as Koosa) and Ndembu. It is written in Latin. The main vocabulary of Lunda can be understood mutually between dialects and geographical locations. However, as one moves further away from the central point, the level of understanding Lunda decreases. Certain groups, for example, the Luapula Lunda, have essentially adopted the language of people where they settled.

The word “Lunda” is used to refer to hundreds of social groups who have a very similar oral history. Their histories connect them all to an empire that controlled trade around a vast majority of Central Africa around the 1500s to the 1800s. When the Lunda has another name, it is usually given by locals in order to reflect the geographical or topographical position or can be named after local ruling dynasties.

A lot of the Lunda land has high plateaus, between 1,200 and 1,500 meters above sea level. The vegetation soil can be described as Northern Brachystegia woodlands. The landscape can include thick forest with low stunted trees, plains and shrublands. The rainy season can run between September and April. Between August and September, it can be a hot/dry season.

Unfortunately, there are no credible sources to indicate the census of the Lunda people and who considers themselves to be Lunda. Considering the land and the population, it is calculated that there are about .8 people per square kilometer, There are much higher numbers in Angola, Zaire and Zambia.

The Lunda people have a history that goes back many centuries. The Lunda people operated by segmentary matrilineage, where each segmet had its own small territory, called mpat. The Lunda matrilineal. However, there is only an emphasis to remember the lineage of chiefs or certain headmen. Regarding kinship terminology, there are certain distinctions made between a father and a mother’s side of the family.  There is also a prefereance for cross-cousin marriage. The Lunda raised several crop, including maize, bananas, pumpkin, groundnuts, totmatoes and cabbage but fishing was their main actibity. Crops were planted along the riverbank. This system led to a very productive and resourceful group. After 1600, traders from the Atlantic and Indian oceans were attracted to the region. The capital was in modern-day Zaire, known as Musumba. With the establishment of colonialism in the 19th century, the Lunda people were divided among three main powers: England, Portugal and Belgium (which was later France).