Embu is a language spoken in Embu County, Kenya. It is closely related to the Meru and Tharaka languages. Embu has two dialects, Embu and Kiambu. The Embu dialect is spoken in the town of Embu, while the Kiambu dialect is spoken in the town of Kiambu and the surrounding area.
The Embu language is a member of the East Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. It is written using the Latin alphabet.
Embu is a tonal language, with two levels of tone: high and low. The high tones are indicated with an acute accent (á, é, í, ó, ú), while the low tones are indicated with a grave accent (à, è, ì, ò, ù).
The Embu language has a rich oral tradition. Many of the Embu people's folktales and legends are passed down through the generations by word of mouth.
The Embu language is also spoken by the Tharaka people, who live in the Tharaka-Nithi County of Kenya. The Tharaka language is a dialect of Embu, and is not mutually intelligible with the Embu dialect spoken in Embu County.