Ronga (XiRonga)

Ronga is a Central Bantu language spoken mainly in southern Mozambique, and also in eastern South Africa. In Mozambique it is spoken in Maputo province near the city of Maputo, and there were 423,000 speakers in 2014. In South Africa Ronga is spoken in KwaZulu-Natal province, and there were about 1,000 speakers in 2012.

Ronga is also known as GiRonga, Gironga, Rhonga, ShiRonga, Shironga, XiRonga or Xirhonga. Dialects include Konde, Putru and Kalanga. It is closely related to, and partially intelligible with Tsonga and Tswa.

The Ronga alphabet is based on that of Tsonga as provided by Methodist missionaries and Portuguese settlers.

Ronga alphabet and pronunciation

Ronga alphabet and pronunciation

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Information about the Ronga language

Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gwere, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Lambya, 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, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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