One of the widely spoken Bantu languages in Southern Africa, with presence in 4 countries.
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.
|Native to||Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia|
|(4.1 million in South Africa (2011)|
1.1 million in Botswana cited 1993)
unknown number in Zimbabwe
7.7 million L2 speakers in South Africa (2002)
|Latin (Tswana alphabet)|
Official language in
Tswana is an official language of Botswana. Most Tswana speakers are in South Africa, where four million people speak the language.
- ↑ Setswana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- ↑ Webb, Vic. 2002. "Language in South Africa: the role of language in national transformation, reconstruction and development." Impact: Studies in language and society, 14:78