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ISO-639-3 ssw
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SiSwati is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is also an official language of Swaziland (along with English). There are 1,194,430 (2.66 %) first language speakers [2001 census data] in South Africa.

SiSwati is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiZulu, isiNdebele and isiXhosa.

SisSwati is one of South Africa's minority languages, spoken by only 2.5% of South Africans, or just under 1.3-million people. It is the language of the Swazi nation, spoken mainly in eastern Mpumalanga, an area that borders the Kingdom of Swaziland.


  • Language: Setswana
  • Word: Bophirima
  • English Version: West
  • Description: to, toward, or in the west; one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
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  • Language: Setswana
  • Word: Boboko
  • English Version: brain
  • Description: Boboko means “Brain” the organ inside the head that controls thought, memory, feelings and activity
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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.


Kingdom of Lesotho - República de Moçambique - Umbuso weSwatini