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Swazi
SiSwati
Native to Swaziland, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique
Native speakers 2.3 million  (2006–2011)e18
2.4 million L2 speakers in South Africa (2002)
Language family
Niger–Congo
Writing system Latin (Swazi alphabet)
Swazi Braille
Official status
Official language in Swaziland
South Africa
Guthrie code S.43
Linguasphere 99-AUT-fe

Swati (also known as Swazi) is part of the Nguni group of Bantu languages. It is spoken by about 1.5 million people in Swaziland and South Africa. It is one of the eleven official languages in South Africa. It is taught in the schools of Swaziland, and in some South African schools. Swati is closely related to Phuthi, a language spoken in Lesotho, and to Zulu, Ndebele and Xhosa.

Swati has four main varietes: Shiselweni, Hhohho, Manzini and Shiselweni. They correspond with the four administrative regions of Swaziland.


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