Ndebele

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A language of Zimbabwe

Alternate Names
Isinde’bele, Northern Ndebele, Sindebele, Tabele, Tebele
Population

1,550,000 in Zimbabwe (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 1,572,800.

Location

Matabeleland, Bulawayo area. Also in Botswana, Zambia.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.

Dialects

Similar to Zulu [zul].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 55%. Dictionary. Bible: 1978.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Different from Ndebele [nbl] of Transvaal, South Africa.

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