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TSONGA ( Shitsonga, Xitsonga, Thonga, Tonga, Gwamba )

Spoken by 1,757,000 people in Transvaal, South Africa and by 1,500,000 people in Maputo and Gaza Provinces, Mozambique. Also spoken in Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Linguistic Lineage for Tsonga
Mozambique - South Africa - Swaziland

Tata wa hina la nge matilweni,
vito ra wena a ri hlawuleke;
a ku te ku fuma ka wena;
ku rhandza ka wena a ku endliwe misaveni,
tanihi loko ku endliwa tilweni.
U hi nyika namuntlha vuswa bya hina bya siku rin'wana ni rin'wana;
u hi rivalela swidyoho swa hina,
tanihi loko na hina hi rivalela lava hi dyohelaka;
u nga hi yisi emiringweni,
kambe u hi ponisa eka Lowo biha,
[hikuva ku fuma, ne matimba,
ni ku twala, i swa wena hi masiku ni masiku.
Amen.']

Source: "Bibele - Tsonga" - The Bible in Tsonga
published by Vandla ra Bible ra Afrika Dzonga, 1989.
Contributed by Pat Goltz - E-mail pgoltz@nexiliscom.com

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