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Tswana
Setswana
Native to Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia
Native speakers 4.07 million in South Africa (2011)
1.07 million in Botswana  (1993)e18
unknown number in Zimbabwe
7.7 million L2 speakers in South Africa (2002)
Language family
Niger–Congo
Writing system Latin (Tswana alphabet)
Official status
Official language in  Botswana
 South Africa
 Zimbabwe
Guthrie code S.31
Linguasphere 99-AUT-eg incl. varieties 99-AUT-ega to 99-AUT-egn

The Tswana language (or Setswana) is a language spoken in southern Africa. About five million people speak it. It is a Bantu language. It belongs to the Niger–Congo language family within the Sotho languages. It is closely related to the Northern- and Southern Sotho languages.

Tswana is an official language of Botswana. Most Tswana speakers are in South Africa, where four million people speak the language.


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