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Xhosa is spoken principally in the Transkei territory of South Africa, which borders Lesotho and faces the Indian Ocean. It is another of the Bantu languages with about 8 million speakers. The Xhosas have intermingled with the Hottentots and their language contains some of the Hottentot "click" sounds. The Xh at the beginning of their name represents one of these sounds.

Xhosa is spoken/used in 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


Lord, bless Africa
May her spirit rise high up;
Hear Thou our prayers
And bless us.

Descend, 0 Spirit
Descend, 0 Holy Spirit

Bless our chiefs;
N'lay they remember their Creator,
Fear Him and revere Him,
That He may bless them.

Xhosa National Anthem