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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
Region: Transvaal. Also spoken in Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe.
Countries Where Spoken: 1,646,000 in South Africa (1995), 4.2% of the population (1995 The Economist). Population total all countries 3,165,000. Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabw.
Countries Where Official: South Africa
Native Speakers: 3,165,000
Speakers Total: 3,165,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tsonga at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tsonga at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tsonga: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tsonga: 0
Three Letter Code: TSO
Summary: Partially intelligible with Ronga and Tswa. National language. A language of secondary education. Newspapers, radio programs. Christian, traditional religion. Bible 1907-1989.

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