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Venda (Tshivenḓa / Luvenḓa)

Venda is one of the official languages of South Africa and is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is spoken by about a million people in the South African province of Limpopo, and by about 150,000 people in Zimbabwe.

Venda alphabet

A a B b (C c) D d Ḓ ḓ E e F f G g H h I i (J j)
K k L l Ḽ ḽ M m N n Ṋ ṋ Ṅ ṅ O o P p (Q q) R r
S s T t Ṱ ṱ U u V v W w X x Y y Z z    

C, J and Q are used only in foreign words and names.

Venda pronunciation

Venda pronunciation

Sample text in Venda

Vhathu vhoṱhe vha bebwa vhe na mbofholowo nahone vha tshi lingana siani ḽa tshirunzi na pfanelo. Vhathu vhoṱhe vho ṋewa mihumbulo na mvalo ngauralo vha tea u konou farana sa vhathu vhathihi.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about the Venda language and people

Bantu languages

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

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet