Swati (siSwati)

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.

Swati pronunciation

Swati pronunciation

Information on Swati pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text in Swati

Bonkhe bantfu batalwa bakhululekile balingana ngalokufananako ngesitfunti nangemalungelo. Baphiwe ingcondvo nekucondza kanye nanembeza ngakoke bafanele batiphatse nekutsi baphatse nalabanye ngemoya webuzalwane.

Tower of Babel in Swati

Links

Information about Swati languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swati_language
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/language/about/siswati.html
http://www.southafrica.com/languages/swati/
http://www.cyberserv.co.za/users/~jako/lang/siswati/

Bantu languages

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

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet