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Chokwe is a "Bantu language spoken by the "Chokwe people of the "Democratic Republic of the Congo, "Angola and "Zambia. It is recognised as a national language of Angola, where half a million people spoke it in 1991. Another half a million speakers lived in the Congo in 1990, and some 20,000 in Zambia in 2010. Angola's Instituto de Línguas Nacionais (National Languages Institute) has established spelling rules for Chokwe with a view to facilitate and promote its use. It is used as a "lingua franca in eastern Angola.