Swati is part of the Nguni group of Bantu languages and is spoken by about
1.5 million people in Swaziland and South Africa. It is one of the eleven official
languages in South Africa and is taught in the schools of Swaziland, and
in some South African schools. Swati, which is also known as Swazi,
is closely related to Phuthi, a language spoken in Lesotho, and to
Zulu, Ndebele and Xhosa.
Swati has four main dialects: Shiselweni, Hhoho, Nandzini and Shiselweni,
which correspond with the four administrative regions of Swaziland.
Information on Swati pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel