Swati Language (ssw)

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Also Known As: Siswati,Isiswazi,Tekela,Siswazi,Tekeza,Swazi,Phuthi,Thithiza,Swati,Yeyeza


  SiSwati (SiSwati in the language itself; iSiSwazi in iSiZulu) is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Swaziland (eSwatini) and South Africa (eSikhwahlande / eNingizimu Afrika). The number of speakers is estimated to be in the region of 1.5 million. The language is taught in Swaziland and some South African schools in Mpumalanga and KaNgwane areas. SiSwati is an official language of Swaziland, (along with English), and is also one of the eleven official languages of South Africa. Although often referred to as Swazi, this is the form of the noun stem indicating the language or its speakers taken from Zulu, which many SiSwati-speakers also speak. SiSwati is most closely related to Phuthi (the other larger 'Tekela' Nguni language), spoken in southern Lesotho and the northern Eastern Cape province of South Africa. SiSwati is also closely related to the 'Zunda' Nguni languages: Zulu (immediately adjacent to the south and east), Ndebele (immediately adjacent to the west, and further north in Zimbabwe), and Xhosa (spoken to the south of Lesotho in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa).

SiSwati spoken in Swaziland / eSwatini can be divided into four dialects..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Swati Language Speakers


Rosetta Document Collection

Genesis Translation:
Universal Declaration Of Human Rights:


Main Country: Swaziland
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-3 Code: ssw

Classification Taxonomy

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  Niger-Congo Group

    Atlantic-Congo Group

      Volta-Congo Group

        Benue-Congo Group

          Bantoid Group

            Southern Bantoid Group

              Narrow Bantu Group

                Central Narrow Bantu Group

                  S Group

                    Nguni (S.40) Group

                      Swati Language