Northern Ndebele a Bantu language spoken in South Africa, mainly in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces, and in some parts of North West province. It is part of the Tekela group of Bantu languages and has been influenced mainly by Swati, and to some extent by Northern Sotho. The Northern Ndebele spoken in Zimbabwe is a different language related to Zulu.
Northern Ndebele in South Africa is not officially recognised and is rarely written. A grammar book was published in 1959, and a dictionary is being produced.
Badu/Banru bokxe babelethwe balugulukile bali(n)gana gesithiti nemalu(n)gelo. Baphiwe mukhu(m)bhulo nelivalo, jegalokhwa bafanele bababhane gekuvelana gemmoya webuhlobo bunye.
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)
Information provided by Dr Plaatjie Mahlobogoane
Northern Ndebele dictionary
Basaa, Bemba, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gwere, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luchazi, Makonde, Mandekan, Maore, Mende, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyemba, Nyole, OshiWambo, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swahili, Swati, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu
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