Bhaca (isiBhaca)

Bhaca is a Southern Bantu language with about 500,000 speakers in the northeast of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. It is spoken mainly in Mount Frere (KwaBhaca), and also in Ixopo, Umzimkhulu and Bulwer. Traditionally it is considered a dialect of Swati, however it is closer to Zulu, Phuthi and Xhosa.

Bhaca is also known as Baca, and Bhaca speakers call it isiBhaca. It is written with the Latin script. Bhaca people call themselves amaBhaca, and there are about 1 million of them. Half of them live in KwaZulu Natal Province and mainly speak Zulu, which is the main language of that region, while many of them in Eastern Cape Province speak Bhaca, even though they are taught in Xhosa at school.

Bhaca alphabet and pronunciation

Bhaca alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Bhaca (Excel)

Sample text

Bendicela undidlulisele olunye ukhezo, olwam luwele edasi kwetafile.

Translation

Please pass me another spoon, mine fell under the table.

Sample videos

Links

Information about the Bhaca language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaca_language/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaca_people
https://www.facebook.com/isibhaca/
https://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/28383

Bantu languages

Bangi, Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Bhaca, Bukusu, Bulu, Central Teke, Chichewa, Chokwe, Chuwabu, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Koti, Kukuya, Kunda, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luba-Katanga, Luchazi, Lunda, Luvale, Makaa, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mongo, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nambya, Nande, Nkore, North Teke, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, Nzadi, Oroko, OshiWambo, Pagibete, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Sengele, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tanga, Tembo, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Yasa, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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