Tsonga / Xitsonga Translation Services

Pinpoint Tsonga Language Services and Solutions

Tsonga (XiTsonga) is another one of the eleven languages officially recognised within South Africa. This dialect is spoken by over 2.2 million people, which equates to 4.5% of South Africa’s citizens. You will also hear this in Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. It is approximated that there are around 4.4 million Tsonga speakers in the world. Tsonga is an old language and culture – one that deserves the utmost respect. ST Communications aims to provide it with that esteem, especially while facilitating communication in this language.

The ST Communications team includes native speakers and translators who provide pinpoint accurate translations no matter how complicated the jargon. Our team includes experts in several highly specialised fields. This means that you can rest assured the professional on your project will have the experience necessary to accurately translate technical details and jargon from Tsonga to almost any other language (so long as it is on our books).



Professional and Confidential Translations

ST Communications maintains high professional standards among all of its translators. Each person on our team is required to undergo continuing professional development and training. You can trust the professionalism of each translator to ensure the confidentiality of your business or personal material. However, iron-clad confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements are available for additional security no matter what service you require.

If you’d like a same-day quote, simply contact us with the nature of your translation requirements. Our solutions include:

  • The localising of commercial and marketing assets to ensure that all communications are suitably adapted to target new local audiences.
  • DTP services that get almost any kind of content print-ready for audiences reading different scripts (for example, those that read special characters in Arabic).
  • Interpreting solutions for a range of occasions, whether you’re organising a corporate or personal function you can commission consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.
  • Translating, editing and proofreading business and personal documents, including terms and conditions, by-laws, contracts, news articles, personal letters, industry manuals, handbooks, academic literature, and emails, as well as faxes.



Tsonga in a Nutshell

Tsonga is most widely spoken in South Africa’s Limpopo province, followed by Gauteng and Mpumalanga. It is considered as belonging to the Nguni family of vernaculars and there are several different dialects, but the three main ones include: Xironga (common in Mozambique), Chihlengwe/Xitshwa (in Mozambique and Zimbabwe) and xiTsonga (in South Africa).

The Tsonga culture can be traced back to about 500 AD, which is a long time for a nation that historically values peace and family above war. They’ve been known to relocate to an entirely new country to avoid war, which is, in fact, how they came to South Africa.

Famous Tsonga speakers include author and academic Prof. Hudson Ntsanwisi (also former Chief Minister of Gazankulu), jazz singer Hlulani Hlangwane and musician Thomas Chauke.





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