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Setswana

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Beetjuans, Chuana, Coana, Cuana, Sechuana, Setswana Also: in -- Beetjuans, Chuana, Coana, Cuana, Sechuana, Setswana, Tsiwaha; in -- Beetjuans, Chuana, Chwana, Coana, Cuana, Sechuana, Tshwana
  • Dialects: Hurutshe, Kgatla, Kwena, Lete, Mangwato, Melete, Ngwaketse, Ngwato, Ngwatu, Rolong, Sehurutshe, Tawana, Thlaping, Thlaro, Tlahaping, Tlapi, Tlhaping, Tlharo, Tlokwa
  • Scriptures published: Bible (1857--1993) New Testament (1840--1994) Portions (1830--1966)
    text online See above
    The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in first language: 80%--90% in Tswana. Official language of instruction grades 1--4 in all government primary schools. Taught in primary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Botswana
  • Region: Widespread as lingua franca; Southeast and Kgatleng districts; east Southern and Kweneng districts, Central District, Serowe-Palapye and Mahalapye subdistricts; Northwest District Maun village area
  • Also used in: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Religion: Christian, traditional religion
  • Livelihood: Agriculturalists; pastoralists: cattle
  • Status: De facto national language in Botswana; Statutory national language in South Africa
  • Number of users: 5,181,700 (1,070,000 in Botswana (Johnstone 1993); 3,410,000 in South Africa (2006); 29,400 in Zimbabwe (1969 census))
  • Vitality: National

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)

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