Nara language

For the languages of Southern Africa and Papua New Guinea, see Naro language and Lala language (Papua New Guinea).
Native to Eritrea
Native speakers
81,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nrb
Glottolog nara1262[2]

The Nara (Nera) or Barea (Barya) language is a Nilo-Saharan language spoken chiefly in western Eritrea.[3] The language is often confused with Kunama, which is at best only distantly related. According to Tsige Hailemichael, the "...Nara language is in danger of quickly disappearing."[4] The name Barea is considered very derogatory as it translates to "slave".


  1. Nara at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nara". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. "Ethnologue report for language code:nrb". Retrieved 2006-08-31.
  4. Hailemichael, Tsige (2005-11-05). "Once Upon a Time… in Nara Language". Retrieved 2006-08-31.
Nara language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator

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