Shona Translation Services

Flawless Shona Translations and Interpreting Services

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 it’s over 10 million first language speakers. This is why Shona has garnered a place among ST Communications’ translation services.

ST Communications offers a comprehensive range of translation services to suit a variety of business and personal requirements. Our mother-tongue translators are able to translate any material from Shona to English or any other language on our books, as well as the other way round. 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

All of our translators and interpreters undergo regular continuing professional development, to ensure that they are always at the top of their linguistic game. Furthermore, they all benefit from our Language Quality and Excellence programme, which not only provides training, but also provides translation tools and software to ensure the consistent high quality of our services.

It doesn’t matter how complicated or technical the material you need translated, as our team has experience in several niche industries, including petroleum, mining, engineering, finance, IT, marketing and pharmaceuticals.

Contact us now to find out more about our range of Shona translation services, including:

  • Localisation, 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 material into different language scripts or alphabets, for example, from Latin to Arabic.
  • Interpreting, this includes consecutive and simultaneous interpreting for all business and personal functions and events, such as seminars, workshops, conferences, fundraisers, promotions, weddings, and other celebrations.
  • Translating, editing and proofreading a variety of business and personal print documents, including letters, emails, faxes, articles, sworn statements, contracts, terms and conditions, instruction manuals, handbooks and academic literature.


You can also request a same-day quote simply by filling in our online form, outlining the scope of your translation project, and we’ll get back to you.


Shona in a Nutshell

Shona is part of the Bantu family of languages. 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.