Bissa language

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Not to be confused with Bisa language (Zambia).
Region Burkina, Ghana
Ethnicity Bissa people
Native speakers
580,000  (1999–2003)[1]
  • Mande
    • Eastern
      • Bisa–Busa
        • Bissa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bib
Glottolog biss1248[2]
Majority areas of northern dialects of Bissa, in dark blue, on a map of Burkina Faso.

Bissa (Bisa) is a Mande language spoken by the Bissa people of Burkina Faso, Ghana, and (marginally) Togo. Dialects are Barka, Lebir, Lere.

Comparison of Barka,Lere and Zeba[edit]

Phrase Lere Barka Zeba
Good morning Domireh ki Idomleki
come bur iahh Eyaham
water pi hi
food forbile hobile

Phrases (Lere)[edit]

  • Good morning: Domireh ki
  • Good afternoon: Sundareh ki
  • Good evening/night: Yirbaa ki
  • Thank you: Barka
  • Good: Minga
  • Come: Bur
  • Go: Ta
  • You're welcome: An barka boi
  • I love you: Moi wam


  1. ^ Bissa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bissa". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.