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Tsonga

Pronunciation: /ˈtsɒŋɡə/

noun (plural same or Tsongas)

1A member of a people living in the Limpopo province of South Africa, southern Mozambique, and southern Zimbabwe. Also called Shangaan.
Example sentences
  • Southern tribes include the Tsonga, the Karanga, the Chopi, the Shona, and the Nguni.
  • King Shaka sits proudly next to Chief Ngungunyani of the Tsonga and Moshoeshoe of Basotho - all gesturing towards the realisation of African Nationalism.
  • Only the Tsonga / Shangaan, however, have continued their beadwork traditions to the present day.
2 [mass noun] The Bantu language of the Tsonga, which has about 3 million speakers. It is one of the official languages of South Africa.
Example sentences
  • The leaflets have been published in seven of the eleven official language, namely: Afrikaans, Tsonga, Sesotho, Zulu, English, Venda and Xhosa.
  • In the north, the Bantu languages of Yao and Makua predominate; in the Zambezi Valley, it is Nyanja is the dominant languages; and in the south, Tsonga is spoken.
  • Until 1994, with AFRIKAANS, it was one of the two official languages; in that year, nine indigenous languages became official: Ndebele, Pedi, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.

adjective

Relating to the Tsonga or their language.
Example sentences
  • The piece is layered with narrative, some implied, others drawing from Tsonga mythology central to his discourse.
  • He said among the endangered cultures were the Tsonga culture of Tamba initiation, the Dry Stone Settlement and the Khoisan culture.
  • Khomanani is a Tsonga word meaning ‘caring for or supporting each other’.

Origin

A local name, from either Tsonga or Zulu.

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