IsiXhosa is also known as Xhosa

Introduction
The Xhosa, also known as the Southern or Cape Nguni, are composed of numerous groups of people concentrated mainly in the former Transkei, Ciskei and Eastern Cape regions. As the other African languages it is a tonal language, other than western languages, it is governed by the noun - which dominates the sentence.

CLASSIFICATION:  
Family: Bantu (or rather Ntu) Language Family
Group: South Eastern Bantu (or rather Ntu)
Subgroup: Nguni

VARIETIES: The most distinct variety is isiMpondo (isiNdrondroza). Other dialects include: Thembu, Bomvana, Mpondimise, Rharhabe, Gcaleka, Xesibe, Bhaca, Cele, Hlubi, Ntlangwini, Ngqika, Mfengu. 

Speakers
Around 7 196 118 people in South Africa use it as their home language.

 

MORE INFORMATION

Pronunciation
General words & phrases
Example of texts
Academic research
Unesco Language Survey

Books

Amazon.com
Speak Xhosa With Us (Book & CD-Rom)
Teach Yourself Xhosa Complete Course
English-Xhosa Dictionary
Teach Yourself Xhosa


Kalahari.net (South African bookshop)

Learn Xhosa

Learn Xhosa

English-Xhosa Dictionary

English-Xhosa Dictionary
The concise trilingual pocket dictionary: English Xhosa Afrikaans The concise trilingual pocket dictionary: English Xhosa Afrikaans 
Xhosa-English / English-Xhosa Dictionary Xhosa-English / English-Xhosa Dictionary 

Internet Links
Language introduction/overview
Wikipedia: Xhosa
ETHNOLOGUE: Xhosa

Language learning
Learn isiXhosa with Sabelo Ndabazandile (Isifundo zesiXhosa)
Xhosa virtual resource network

Dictionary
IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit
Xhosa on the web
English to Xhosa Translator (O'Kennon, Albion College)

Xhosa literature
Xhosa folklore (Recorded in 1886)
Litnet: Isikundla Sababhali

Other resources
Google in Xhosa

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika: Xhosa
 

Umhlobo Wenene Umhlobo Wenene FM
IsiXhosa Radio Station


SAlanguages.com



J. Olivier (2009)
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