Tonga (Chitonga / iciTonga)

Tonga is a Bantu language spoken mainly in Zambia, and also in Zimbabwe. In Zambia Tonga is spoken by about 1.33 million people in the Southern province, and in the Sesheke district of the Western province. There are about 200,000 speakers of Tonga in the Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North, and Midlands provinces in northern Zimbabwe.

Tonga is also known as Batonga, Plateau Tonga, Zambezi or iciTonga. Dialects include Chitonga, Leya, Toka, We, Shanjo, Twa of Kafwe and Mala.

Tonga is written with the Latin alphabet. There are various ways to write the language developed by missionaries. It is taught in primary schools in Zambia, and used in literature and the media.

Tonga alphabet and pronunciation

Tonga alphabet and pronunciation

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Hear how to pronounce Tonga:

Sample text

Bantu boonse balazyalwa kabaangulukide alimwi kabeelene alimwi akwaanguluka kucita zyobayanda. Balazyalwa amaanu akuyeeya, aakusala alimwi beelede kulanga bambi mbuli banabokwabo.

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Translation

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)

Sample videos in Tonga

Information about Tonga | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about Tonga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga_language_(Zambia_and_Zimbabwe)
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/toi
https://chrismschroeder.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/chitonga-–-the-language-of-zambia/

Bantu languages

Basaa, Bemba, Bulu, Chichewa, Chokwe, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luchazi, Luvale, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nande, Nkore, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, OshiWambo, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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