Kalenjin is a language spoken in Kenya. It is a member of the Nandi-Markweta language family, which is a branch of the Eastern Nilotic languages. Kalenjin consists of several dialects, the most prominent of which are Nandi, Kipsigis, Marakwet, Keiyo, and Pokot. The Kalenjin people are traditionally pastoralists, meaning that they raise livestock such as cattle, sheep, and goats. This way of life has led to a unique set of words and phrases in the Kalenjin language for things like grazing areas, watering holes, and predator avoidance. Kalenjin is also notable for its use of clicks, which are used to add emphasis or convey certain meanings. For example, the word for "honey" is pronounced with a click, and the word for "elephant" is pronounced with two clicks. Kalenjin is spoken by about 4 million people in Kenya, making it one of the country's major languages. It is also spoken in Tanzania and Uganda.

Language group

Eastern Sudanic languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Kalenjin, Kenya, Latin
Kalenjin, Kenya
Kalenjin, Latin