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isiXhosa (Xhosa)

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General information
Name: isiXhosa
English name: Xhosa
Population: 7,907,153
ISO code: xho,xh
Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official)


isiXhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa. There are 7,907,153 (17.64 %) first language speakers [2001 census data].

isiXhosa is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiZulu, isiNdebele and SiSwati.

isiXhosa (Xhosa) language tree
isiXhosa (Xhosa) language family tree.

Xhosa dictionaries

Online dictionaries / Electronic dictionaries

Xhosa - English Microsoft Terminology New October 2014 Online searchable version of Microsoft's Xhosa - English terminology (site not affiliated with Microsoft), published using tlTerm


Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary IsiXhosa and English
Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary IsiXhosa and English (Gilles-Maurice de Schryver et al.). New (2014) modern Xhosa - English bilingual dictionary with many useful features, such as real (corpus-based) usage examples, most frequent words indicated, detailed part of speech and grammatical information and word sense breakdowns, and more
[ Publisher link to Oxford Bilingual Xhosa - English Dictionary ]

English-Xhosa Dictionary
English-Xhosa Dictionary (Arnold Fischer)
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The Greater Dictionary of isiXhosa
The Greater Dictionary of isiXhosa. "A comprehensive trilingual (IsiXhosa, English, Afrikaans) dictionary that promotes multilingualism and indigenous languages was launched on the 22nd of September 2006, at the University of Fort Hare."
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South African Oxford Multilingual Primary Dictionary (Nguni) (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


Language courses

African Voices
produces multimedia CD-ROM lessons for isiXhosa and isiZulu. These can be ordered directly from African Voices in South Africa, or can also be purchased from Amazon:
Speak Xhosa With Us (Book & CD-Rom...)

Teach Yourself Xhosa Complete Course...

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.

isiXhosa Wikipedia


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