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Sesotho (Southern Sotho)

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General information
Name: Sesotho
English name: Southern Sotho
Other names: Sutu
Population: 3,555,186
ISO code: sot,st
Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official), Lesotho (Official)


Sesotho (Southern Sotho) is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is the primary official language of Lesotho, where it is widely spoken. In South Africa, there are 3,555,186 (7.93 %) first language speakers [2001 census data].

Sesotho is most closely related to two other languages in the Sotho language group, Setswana and Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho)

Sesotho language tree
Sesotho language family tree.

Southern Sotho dictionaries

Online dictionaries / Electronic dictionaries

BUKANTSWE: Online Sesotho - English Dictionary / Bukantswe ya Sesotho le Senyesemane Southern Sotho - English online bilingual dictionary with over 10,000 entries, by Jako Olivier

BUKANTSWE: Electronic Sesotho - English Dictionary BUKANTSWE is a downloadable computer program that can be used as a dictionary between English and Sesotho. Over 10,000 entries. Created by Jako Olivier.


South African Oxford Multilingual Primary Dictionary (Sotho) (OUPSA)
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  • TRANSLATION SERVICES TshwaneDJe Language Services (Translation, Proofreading, Editing, Transcription and more, for all official South African languages and most major world languages).

Radio stations



Sesotho (Southern Sotho) web page
Nice, extensive Sesotho site by Jako Olivier. Contains, amongst other things: Sesotho information, language reference and tutorial information, Sesotho literature, proverbs, idioms, riddles, computer terms.


English-Sesotho Vocabulary Quizzes

A non-profit organization translating various OpenSource software packages such as and the Mozilla web browser into all official South African languages. They have released isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa and Afrikaans versions of OpenOffice.

Wikipedia ya Sesotho


Google in Sesotho