You might not realize it at first glance, but Africa contains a lot of languages. Most fly under the radar to those outside of the massive continent, overshadowed by the colonial languages that most African countries use as their official languages. But if you scratch the surface, you’ll find an incredibly linguistically diverse land, with most countries home to dozens, if not hundreds, of indigenous languages. South Africa, which has designated 12 languages as official, is one of these countries—and one of its official languages is Tsonga.
Tsonga is spoken by about 3.7 million people as a first language, with its 3.4 million second-language speakers nearly doubling the figure for a total of 7.1 million speakers. It’s a major language in some parts of southern Africa, with official status in Zimbabwe (where it’s known as Shangani) and Mozambique as well. However, since it’s not the majority language in any country, translation agencies often overlook this African tongue—but not us at TranslationServices.com. We’re proud to present our new Tsonga translation team today.
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Tsonga (which is also known by its endonym, Xitsonga) is a major language in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini, although it doesn’t have official status in Eswatini. In South Africa, it’s concentrated in the country’s eastern regions, specifically the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga. In Mozambique, it’s spoken in the south: specifically, Gaza Province, Maputo Province, and Maputo City. In Zimbabwe, most Tsonga speakers live in the districts of Chiredzi and Mwenenzi. The language is closely related to Tswa and Ronga—so close, in fact, that the three are sometimes considered a single language.
Tsonga is one Africa’s many Bantu languages, a subfamily that stretches all across most of central and southern Africa. Its grammar is typical for the family, with a basic word order of subject-verb-object (although it becomes subject-object-verb when the object is a pronoun) and a number of classes divided across the language’s nouns, often arbitrarily, requiring memorization. In one case, the class can even change the meaning of the word—the dyi- class indicates a particularly large version of the noun. It can be confusing to try to learn Tsonga, and translation is a whole different story—but if you work with our Tsonga translators, who are native speakers, you won’t have anything to worry about.
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Are you looking for Tsonga translation services? Then we’re the team for you. With representatives from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini, speaking Tsonga, Tswa, and Ronga alike, we’re confident we can seamlessly translate any materials you have from English to Tsonga or from Tsonga to English. Our translators are experienced in different areas of translation, so they can accommodate your needs, and as native speakers of Tsonga, they truly know the ins and outs of the language.
For specialty requests, all you have to do is let us know what you’re looking for. We have a large and diverse team, so in many cases, we’ll have just the Tsonga translation expert for your project. For example, clients interested in translating academically oriented texts to or from Tsonga can work with our academic translation team, while our business translators can assist any business owners with translating their business proposals or white papers. If you’re working with creative texts—say, a book, poem, or short story—our literary translators can help you, and if you want to translate digital media, such as a website, app, or game, our Tsonga localization experts are ready to assist. We’re determined to help, no matter what your Tsonga translation needs.
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