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Ilunga is a relatively common personal name in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In June 2004, "ilunga" was reported as being a Bantu word meaning "a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time", and - in the opinion of 1,000 linguists surveyed on the subject – the world's most difficult word to translate.[1]

Ilunga as a family name[edit]

Ilunga is a family name placed before the given name. There are many famous African and African-descended people named Ilunga. For example:

Tshiluba is a language spoken in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

See also[edit]


  • MacIntyre, Ben. Why do Koreans say "a biscuit would be nice" instead of "I want a biscuit"?, The Times, August 21, 2004.