Tsonga language facts for kids

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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
Niger–Congo
Official status
Official language in  South Africa
Guthrie code S.53 (S.52)
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

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.

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