I Tswana know what you're thinking

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/06/27 07:03 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/06/27/648333.aspx

You know the drill, if you have seen any of these other previous posts:

  • We're drowning in LIPs!
  • Microsoft, you giving us some LIP?
  • Let there be LIPs
  • Oops, we did it again
  • Oh Kannada... (ಕನ್ನಡ)
  • 'c' is for click sounds, and they're good enough for me
  • Persian? or Farsi?
  • Quechua me if you can!
  • Do they grow beets in Luxembourg?
  • Microsoft has done it again, though. This time with Tswana!

    Some more information about the language:

    Number of speakers: 4 million

    Name in the language itself: Setswana

    Tswana is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa and is spoken mainly in the North West province, by about 3 million speakers. It is also national language in Botswana where 70% of the population (or 1 million) speak it.

    Tswana, often called Setswana, has also been known under so different names as Beetjuans, Chuana (hence the name "Bechuanaland" for the British protectorate that became Botswana), Coana, Cuana, and Sechuana.


    Tswana belongs to the Bantu languages which in turn are part of the huge Niger-Congo language family. It is most closely related to Sesotho and Sesotho sa Leboa.


    For Tswana, the Latin alphabet is being used.



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