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Northern Ndebele (Sindebele / isiNdebele)

Northern Ndebele a member of the Nguni group of Bantu languages. It is spoken in Zimbabwe and Botswana by about 2-3 million people.

Northern Ndebele is related to Zulu, and might be considered a variety or descendent of Zulu. This is because the Ndebele people in Zimbabwe are descendents of followers of Mzilikazi (1790-1868), a Zulu king who from South Africa who founded Matabeleland in what is now Zimbabwe. They acquired the name Ndebele through contact with the Ndebele people in South Africa.

In South Africa Northern Ndebele is known as Sindebele saseNyakatho and is spoken in Limpopo Province around the towns of Mokopane (Potgietersrus) and Polokwane (Pietersburg).

Northern Ndebele pronunciation

Northern Ndebele pronunciation


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Bantu languages

Bemba, Chichewa, Comorian, Duala, Ewondo, Ganda/Luganda, Herero, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kongo, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Mandekan, Maore, Mende, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Southern), Northern Sotho, OshiWambo, Ronga, Shona, Soga, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tofa, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zulu

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