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Ethnologue ISO-639-1 xh
ISO-639-3 xho
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xh-N This user has a native understanding of isiXhosa.
xh-5 This user has professional knowledge of isiXhosa.
xh-4 This user has near native speaker knowledge of isiXhosa.
xh-3 This user has advanced knowledge of isiXhosa.
xh-2 This user has intermediate knowledge of isiXhosa.
xh-1 This user has basic knowledge of isiXhosa.
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isiXhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa. There are 7,907,153 (17.64 %) first language speakers [2001 census data].isiXhosa is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiZulu, isiNdebele and SiSwati.

South Africa's second-largest language, isiXhosa is spoken by 16% of all South Africans, or 8-million people. It is a regional language, with a third of its speakers living in the Eastern Cape, where it is the language of almost 78% of the provincial population. It's also strong in the bordering Western Cape, where 17% of all isiXhosa speakers live, making up nearly a quarter (24%) of the provincial population.


  • Language: isiXhosa
  • Word: Intloko
  • English Version: head
  • Description: intloko means “Head” the part of the body above the neck that contains the eyes, nose, mouth and ears and the brain
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  • Language: isiXhosa
  • Word: Isifuba
  • English Version: chest
  • Description: Isifuba means “Chest” the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs
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Further reading[edit]

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