Tsonga language

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Tsonga
Changana
Xitsonga
Native to Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
Region Limpopo, Mpumalanga
Native speakers 3.7 million  (2006)
Language family
Official status
Official language in  South Africa
Language codes
ISO 639-1 ts
ISO 639-2 tso
ISO 639-3 tso
Guthrie code S.53 (S.52)[1]
Linguasphere 99-AUT-dc incl. varieties 99-AUT-dca...
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Tsonga is a language of Bantu origin spoken primarily in South Africa and Mozambique. It is also known as Changana or Xangana.

Text example[change | change source]

The Lord's Prayer written in Tsonga:

Tata wa hina la nge matilweni,
vito ra wena a ri hlawuleke;
a ku te ku fuma ka wena;
ku rhandza ka wena a ku endliwe misaveni,
tanihi loko ku endliwa tilweni.
U hi nyika namuntlha vuswa bya hina bya siku rin'wana ni rin'wana;
u hi rivalela swidyoho swa hina,
tanihi loko na hina hi rivalela lava hi dyohelaka;
u nga hi yisi emiringweni,
kambe u hi ponisa eka Lowo biha,
Amen.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online