IsiXhosa in South Africa


IsiXhosa is also known as Xhosa

History of IsiXhosa

The Xhosa, also known as the Southern or Cape Nguni, are composed of numerous groups of people concentrated mainly in the former Transkei, Ciskei and Eastern Cape regions. As the other African languages it is a tonal language, other than western languages, it is governed by the noun - which dominates the sentence.


Family: Bantu (or rather Ntu) Language Family Group: South Eastern Bantu (or rather Ntu) Subgroup: Nguni

VARIETIES of IsiXhosa:

The most distinct variety is isiMpondo (isiNdrondroza). Other dialects include: Thembu, Bomvana, Mpondimise, Rharhabe, Gcaleka, Xesibe, Bhaca, Cele, Hlubi, Ntlangwini, Ngqika, Mfengu.

Speakers of IsiXhosa

Around 7 196 118 people in South Africa use it as their home language.