Asu is a language spoken by the Asu people of Ethiopia. It is a member of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. Asu is closely related to Afar and Saho, and is thought to be descended from an ancient language spoken in the Horn of Africa. The Asu people are pastoralists who live in the highlands of Ethiopia. They are known for their unique form of music, which is played on a one-stringed instrument called the Asu. Asu is a tonal language, with two levels of tone. It has a complex system of noun classes, and a rich vocabulary of animal names. Asu is not a written language, but is instead passed down orally from generation to generation. It is estimated that there are around 200,000 speakers of Asu, most of whom live in Ethiopia.

Language group

Bantu languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Asu, Tanzania, Latin
Asu, Tanzania
Asu, Latin