Xhosa language facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsXhosa
|Native to||South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho|
|Region||Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Free State|
|Native speakers||8.2 million (2011 census)e18
11 million L2 speakers (2002)
|Writing system||Latin (Xhosa alphabet)
|Official language in|| South Africa
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Proportion of the South African population that speaks Xhosa at home
Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa. Xhosa is spoken by 7.6 million people, or about 18% of the South African population. Xhosa is written using a Latin alphabet. Henry Hare Dugmore helped translate the entire Bible in Xhosa language. Xhosa has ten vowels.
Xhosa is well known for its set of three major clicks.
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Trilingual government building sign in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa
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