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Tswana, more correctly called Setswana, is another of the Bantu languages of southern Africa. Its speakers, the Tswana, number about 4 million—3 million of whom live in South Africa, and one million in the neighboring country of Botswana, which is named after them. Tswana is closely related to the Sotho language and, in fact, is often referred to as Western Sotho.

Tswana is spoken/used in the following countries:
Botswana, South Africa.

Language Family
Family: Niger-Congo
Subgroup: Benue-Congo
Branch: Bantu

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


I, descendant of Khama, and Nwato of the line of Masilo, whose totem is the duiker,
Hovered like a vulture, high up in the clouds.
Even as I looked, my home eluded my eyes.
I wrote to my friend from far away,
"Let not your hearts be troubled,
But trust in the Lord _"
I am a rock chosen to be the cornerstone of a people.