Tswa is Bantu language spoken by about 1.2 million people in
Mozambique. It is closely related to Ronga and Tsonga, and is
spoken mainly in rural parts of Inhambane Province in southern
Tswa is written with a version of the Latin alphabet based
on the Tsonga orthography, which was developed by Portuguese
colonists and Methodist missionaries. The Tswa version was
consolidated by Rev. J. A. Persson of the Methodist Episcopal
Mission in Portuguese East Africa, whose An English-Tswa
Dictionary was published in 1928.
Tswa alphabet and pronunciation
The letter q is used in some words borrowed from Zulu and is
pronounced in various ways - the Zulu click sound for q, [ǃ],
is not native to Tswa.