L1 users: 962,000 (2014).
Inhambane province: south Zavala district; Gaza province: 100 km coastal strip between Inharrime and Chidunguela; Maputo province. Center is Quissico.
Copi, Ndonge, Lengue (Kilenge, Lenge), Tonga, Lambwe, Khambani. Many dialects; all mutually inherently intelligible. Lexical similarity: 44% with Gitonga [toh].
Also use Tswa [tsc], with about 50% of the population understanding it.
Latin script [Latn].
Distinct from Chopi (Dhopaluo), a dialect of Acholi [ach] of Uganda.