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Our Xhosa translation team come from a variety of backgrounds and are assigned to translation jobs according to their skills. Many translators are based in South Africa as well as in other locations such as the UK, USA and a few other African nations.
All our translators are professionals. We have built our team to ensure we cover all language requirements as well as technical needs. The majority come with translation/language specific qualifications although for the more obscure requests we turn to bilingual professionals from a number of sectors who have the skill-set to deal with specialist needs. For example, if you needed to localize some training materials within the oil & gas sector, your translator would be someone from the sector experienced at dealing with translation. This ensures top quality.
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- Alternate names & spellings: Isixhosa, Xosa, Koosa, Kaffer, Kaffir, Cauzuh and Cafre.
- Language ISO code: xh/xho
- Number of speakers: over 6 million speakers
- Writing system: Latin alphabet
- Spoken in: South-eastern South Africa
The Xhosa language, as with Zulu, Swati and Ndebele languages, belongs to the Nguni group of the Bantu language family; therefore, all of them are mutually intelligible. Congo family.
Xhosa is the most widely spoken language in a wide range of districts of Eastern Cape Province, Orange Free, Transkei and Ciskei. The Xhosa language is spoken all over South Africa, although it is not the most spoken language in the country, being Zulu the first more spoken language. Xhosa is one of the eleven official languages of the country: Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Northern Soto, Soto, Ndebele, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga and Venda; and the most three spoken languages are Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
The Xhosa language is just one of the many Bantu languages that ended up developing their own culture and form of the language. The Bantu people, even though at present they are settled in the south of the continent, come originally from which nowadays is known as Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Christian missionaries developed a written system for the language using the Latin script. Thanks to the colonial influence, a hymn from the nineteenth century was written and also a grammas book published in 1834.
Today Xhosa is used in primary and secondary school up to some levels in which it is replaced by English. With the Bantu Education Act of 1953 its use began to be regulated by the law.
The main dialects to be aware of include:
- Original Xhosa