Southern Sotho (seSotho)
Southern Sotho is one of the official languages of South Africa and is a
member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages. It is spoken by about 5
million people in Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.
The first written form of Sesotho was devised by Thomas Arbousset, Eugene
Casalis and Constant Gosselin, French missionaries of the Paris Evangelical
Mission who arrived in Lesotho in 1833. The first grammar book, Etudes
sur la Langue Sechuana by Casalis, was published in 1841.
Southern Sotho pronunciation
Sample text in Southern Sotho
Batho bohle ba tswetswe ba lokolohile mme ba lekana ka botho le ditokelo.
Ba tswetswe le monahano le letswalo mme ba tlamehile ho phedisana le ba
bang ka moya wa boena.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)