Ndebele

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A language of Zimbabwe

Alternate Names
Isinde’bele, Ndebele of Zimbabwe, Northern Ndebele, Sindebele, Tabele, Tebele
Autonym
isiNdebele
Population

1,610,000 (2012). Total users in all countries: 1,634,800.

Location

Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces; Bulawayo area; Midlands and Mashonaland West provinces: Gokwe South, Kwekwe, Gueru, Shurugwi, Mberengwa, and Kadoma districts.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Recognized language (2013, Constitution, Article 6(1)).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Zulu [zul].

Language Use

Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Kalanga [kck], Nambya [nmq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 55%. Dictionary. Bible: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

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

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