Kyeame, Tuesday. December 26, 2006
In mid-2012, we added Yoruba to our list of supported languages.
Yoruba (ede Yorùbá, i.e. 'the Yoruba language') is a language of West Africa. It is the first language of many people in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. Small communities also speak Yoruba in Brazil. In Cuba it is called Nago.
Modern Yoruba is a simpler spelling system for Yoruba that uses just the standard Yoruba alphabet.
Modern Yoruba can be used to write ede Yoruba and Nago.
Yoruba was an interesting choice because it had a proud community, who were insistent on using tone marks to distinguish between various Yoruba words. But as we mentioned in our spelling note, we think using diacritics to preserve pronunciation slows down the development of a language.
We only believe in writing each Yoruba word in unique way. We do not use tone marks in order to give you the freedom to pronounce the words any way you prefer. We want as many people as possible to feel comfortable pronouncing Yoruba words with any accent they already have.
If you don't already speak Yoruba, we encourage you to find a friend who does and learn their pronunciation. Your friend will be flattered, and learning their accent will bring you and your friend closer together!