Shona Language - 149

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Shona is a Bantu language spoken by the Shona people, who are the largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe. It is also spoken in Zambia, Mozambique, and other neighbouring countries. As a Bantu language, Shona is part of the larger Niger-Congo language family.

The language has several dialects, with the main ones being Karanga, Zezuru, and Manyika. While Shona is spoken as a first language by the Shona people, it is also used as a lingua franca among different ethnic groups in Zimbabwe.

Shona is written using the Latin script, and efforts have been made to standardise the orthography. The language has a rich cultural and literary tradition, with a history of oral storytelling, folklore, and, more recently, written literature.

In Zimbabwe, Shona holds significant cultural importance and is used in various domains of life, including education, media, and government. However, like many African languages, Shona faces challenges, including the impact of globalisation and the dominance of English in formal and official contexts. Efforts have been made to promote the use of indigenous languages in education and media to preserve and celebrate Zimbabwe’s linguistic and cultural diversity.

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