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Afrikaans
[afr] 13,000 in Swaziland (2006). Status: 4 (Educational). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Franconian Comments: Spoken by people of Dutch descent from South Africa.

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English
[eng] 7,500 in Swaziland (2006). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (2005, Constitution, Article 3(2)). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English Comments: Taught in all government and private schools.

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Swati
[ssw] Also in Lesotho (Phuthi), Mozambique, South Africa. 980,000 in Swaziland (2006). Population total all countries: 2,034,200. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (2005, Constitution, Article 3(2)). Alternate Names: Isiswazi, Phuthi, Siswati, Swazi, Tekela, Tekeza Dialects: Baca, Hlubi, Phuthi (Sephuthi). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Nguni (S.402) Comments: Glossonym: Siswati in Swati, Swazi in Zulu [zul]. Highly educated. Christian, traditional religion.

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Tsonga
[tso] 19,000 in Swaziland (Johnstone 1993). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Alternate Names: Changana, Shitsonga, Xichangana, Xitsonga Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Tswa-Ronga (S.52)

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Zulu
[zul] 76,000 in Swaziland (Johnstone 1993). Status: 4 (Educational). Alternate Names: Isizulu, Zunda Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Nguni (S.406)

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