Tswana (seTswana)

Tswana (seTswana) translation services


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4 million

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Official language

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Also spoken


Interesting Fact

In Tswana, the word "tala" is used for the colours blue and green. Context and prior knowledge of an item are the only ways of knowing which colour is meant.


Tswana is one of 11 official languages and the 6th most spoken language in South Africa. It’s also spoken in Botswana (where it serves as lingua franca), and by small numbers of people in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Tswana is actually a tribal name, which with the prefix for language (“se-“) becomes the language Setswana, and with prefix for abstract nouns (“bo-”) become Botswana.

It is mutually intelligible with Northern and Southern Sotho, also spoken in South Africa.

Tswana is a Bantu language together with other African languages such as Zulu, Kinyarwanda, Swahili and Lingala to name but a few.

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