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Ethnologue ISO-639-1 st
ISO-639-3 sot
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Sesotho (Southern Sotho) is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is the primary official language of Lesotho, where it is widely spoken. In South Africa, there are 3,555,186 (7.93 %) first language speakers [2001 census data].

Sesotho is another of South Africa's three Sotho languages, spoken by 7.6% of the country's population, or 3.8-million people.

It is the language of the Free State, which borders the kingdom of Lesotho, a country entirely surrounded by South African territory. Sesotho is spoken by 62.6% of the Free State population, with almost half of all Sesotho-speaking South Africans living there.


  • Language: Sesotho
  • Word: Amohela
  • English Version: accept
  • Description: to take or receive (something offered); receive willingly something given or offered; to believe that an idea, statement, or fact, is true or valid
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  • Language: Sesotho
  • Word: Bokgoni
  • English Version: ability
  • Description: to do something to the best of your abilities or to the best of your ability, you do it as well as you can
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Further reading[edit]

  • Bilingo is an exciting new South African dictionary. Suitable for school, home and work, this valuable online resource offers a unique opportunity for anyone to broaden their vocabulary and to learn about South Africa's languages.