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While you’re here… Some quite interesting facts about the Shona language.

Shona is a member of the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 10.8 million people mainly in Zimbabwe, where more than 80% of the population are Shona speakers. In particular it is spoken in Harare, and in the provinces of Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Midlands and Manicaland. A standard written form of Shona was codified in the 1930s and revised in the 1950s. The standard written language is based on the Karanga dialect (Chikaranga), which is spoken mainly in the Midlands province in southern Zimbabwe. The first novel in Shona, Feso by Solomon Mutswairo, was published in 1957. Shona is taught in some primary schools in Zimbabwe. Courtesy of Omniglot

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Shona Sample text

Vanhu vese vanoberekwa vakasununguka uyewo vakaenzana pahunhu nekodzero dzavo. Vanhu vese vanechipo chokufunga nekuziva chakaipa nechakanaka saka vanofanira kubatana nomweya wohusahwira. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Vasati vasvika paSvondo,
tsvaira masvosve nemutsvairo waSvosve

“Before they arrive at church, sweep the ants with Svosve’s broom”

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