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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: Botswana
Region: Spoken throughout the country as lingua franca, and as mother tongue primarily in the Southeast and Kgatleng districts, the eastern half of Southern and Kweneng districts, in the Serowe-Palapye and Mahalapye subdistricts of Central District, and around Maun village in Northwest District. Also spoken in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Countries Where Spoken: 1,070,000 in Botswana (1993 Johnstone), 70% of the population. Population total all countries 4,000,000 (1999 WA). Namibai, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Countries Where Official: Botswana
Native Speakers: 4,000,000
Speakers Total: 4,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tswana at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tswana at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tswana: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tswana: 0
Three Letter Code: TSW
Summary: Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho, and Tswana are largely inherently intelligible but have generally been considered separate languages. Standard Tswana uses Kgatla dialect. Used among the educated. Used more for spoken purposes than written. All ages. Vigorous use. 90% to 95% of children complete standard 7 in primary school. National language. Dictionary. Grammar. Literacy rate in first language: 80% to 90%. Officially used as language of instruction in grades 1-4 in all government primary schools. Often used for explanations through Standard 7 and first 2 years of secondary. Taught as a required subject in all secondary schools. Newspapers, magazines, radio programs, TV. Agriculturalists, pastoralists: cattle. Christian, traditional religion. Bible 1857-1993.

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