Nara language

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Native toEritrea
Native speakers
81,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nrb

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" in Amharic.


  1. ^ Nara at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: 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.

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