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Native Name

Total Speakers

​Spoken by an estimated 100 000 people in Zimbabwe and over 3,1 million in the region.

Usage By Country

​The language is also spoken in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The term Shangaan is used interchangeably with Tsonga; however the meaning is one but only to those of the Tsonga tribe.


​Tsonga (Xitsonga) is a southern African Bantu language spoken by the Tsonga people. It was officially created in 1875 at the Valdezia Mission Station and Elim/Waterval/ Shirley Mission Stations by two Swiss missionaries, Reverend Paul Berthoud and Reverend Ernest Creux. In Zimbabwe, Tsonga is known as Shangani or Shangaan.

Received 2/17/2017
Posted 2/17/2017
Checked 2/17/2017