Home Speakers: South Africa, Lesotho
also Mozambique, Malawi and Swaziland
Zulu is one of the major Bantu languages of South Africa. The home of the Zulus, Zululand, is located in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal, in the easternmost part of the Republic of South Africa. The language is closely related to Xhosa, Ndebele and Siswati, the three belonging to the Nguni branch of the Bantu languages (Benue-Congo family). There are over 9 million speakers. It is a language of secondary education, used on the radio and in newspapers. Other urban dialects spoken by young people borrow abundantly from Zulu lexicon and syntax.
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