Recognised as an official language of South Africa and a minority language of Lesotho, Xhosa is spoken by approximately 8 million people.
Classified as a Bantu language, Xhosa and Zulu speakers can generally understand each other when they are both speaking in their mother tongues. Xhosa has various different dialects and is recognisable because of the prominent ‘click’ sounds. Other Bantu languages also have this feature, including Zulu.
Although not the most widely spoken language of South Africa, Xhosa speakers are among the most widely distributed. Like many languages, Xhosa has taken some words from English. Afrikaans words are also used by Xhosa speakers.
The Xhosa language is correctly referred to as isiXhosa.
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