Sesotho (Sotho or Southern Sotho) is one of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa and is one of two official languages in Lesotho (the other is English). It’s also spoken in varying degrees in Botswana, Swaziland and even tiny pockets in the United States. According to census 2011 data, there are over 3.84 million Sesotho speakers – 7.6% of the population. In total, there are over 6.52 million Sotho speakers in the world. Its influence in South Africa and its growing footprint internationally have given Sesotho a firm place in ST Communications’ range of translation services.
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Sesotho is a southern Bantu language that is closely related to other southern Bantu languages, including Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda and Tsonga, as well as some Nguni languages. In South Africa, it is most widely spoken in the Free State, followed by Gauteng and North West province.
There are no real dialects, although there are differences in the language spoken by those in Lesotho/Free State and urban townships. This is because the urban township dwellers tend to borrow heavily from other languages spoken in area.
In fact, according to Wikipedia, Sotho is one of the main contributors to Tsostitaal – the pseudo-language which is spoken and developed by the youth of townships in South Africa, primarily Gauteng. Zulu is the other major contributor.
It was one of the first African languages to be given written form by missionaries. The first Sotho novel written was in 1833 by Thomas Mofololo, called Chaka.
Famous Sesotho speakers include novelist and visionary J.J. Machobane, novelist Everitt Lechesa Segoete and singer Amatso Makaota.