Shona Translation Services

Flawless Shona Adaptations and Translations

Shona (or chiShona) is spoken by approximately 14.2 million people in Africa. It’s most widely spoken in Zimbabwe, where it is one of the official languages. It’s also spoken in Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa. It plays an important role in education, business and politics in Zimbabwe, not to mention the everyday lives of over 10 million first language speakers.

We provide a large variety of services and solutions within this language. Our mother-tongue translators are able to translate any material from Shona to any other language on our books, as well as vice versa. As our team includes in-country translators and interpreters, you can trust their familiarity with local dialects, as well as formal and informal language usage.



Quality Translations You Can Trust

Our entire team is continuously pursuing excellence and career development, this ensures that we are always at the top of the linguistic game. Furthermore, our translators all benefit from our Language Quality and Excellence programme, which not only provides training, but also provides translation assistance in the form of software and tools. ST Communications is proud to preserve this high quality of service.

It doesn’t matter how complicated or technical the material you need translated is, as our team has experience in several niche sectors including construction, medical, IT, marketing and pharmaceuticals. Our solutions also include:

  • Adaptation and localising, which takes translating business and marketing material a step further and tailors it for highly local or niche target audiences.
  • DTP services, which translates print assets into diverse dialectal characters or alphabets, for example, from Latin to Arabic.
  • Interpreting, this includes consecutive and simultaneous interpreting for all manner of events. For example, these occasions could include seminars, workshops, conferences, fundraisers, promotions, weddings, and other celebrations.
  • Providing language solutions and quality assurance for commercial and personal material. These could range from electronic communications, articles, sworn statements, contracts, terms and conditions, instruction manuals, handbooks and even educational books.


Fill in our form to provide us with the extent of your requirements. We will get back to you on the same day to ensure that you receive a speedy quote.



Learn about Shona

Shona is considered integral to the Bantu vernaculars. It consists of four primary dialects: Karanga, Zezuru, Korekore and Manyika. Karanaga is the most widely spoken dialect. Modern Shona is based on the Karanga and Zezuru dialects. Although the dialects are all similar, they are not always easily mutually intelligible. Written Shona was codified in the early 20th century, with no major changes since 1967. Like all languages, however, it continues to evolve.

The first Shona novel was published in 1957, called Feso by Solomon Mutswairo. Famous Shona speakers include artist and sculptor Kennedy Musekiwa, writer Aaron Chiundura Moyo, poet and novelist Chenjerai Hove, mbira musician Cosmas Magaya and international soccer star Benjani Mwaruwari.





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