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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
Region: Southwest Cape Province and Transkei. Also spoken in Botswana, Lesotho.
Countries Where Spoken: 6,858,000 in South Africa (1995), 17.5% of the population (1995 The Economist). Population total all countries 6,876,000.
Countries Where Official: South Africa
Native Speakers: 6,876,000
Speakers Total: 6,876,000
Phrasebase members who speak Xhosa at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Xhosa at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Xhosa: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Xhosa: 0
Three Letter Code: XOS
Summary: 15% of the vocabulary is estimated to be of Khoekhoe (Khoisan) origin. Many understand Zulu, Swati, Southern Sotho. "Cauzuh" is an obsolete name. Somewhat acculturated. National language. Clicks. Literacy rate in second language: Fair rate. Newspapers, radio programs. Bible 1859, in press (1997).

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