Xhosa – African Language

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About 500 AD, some Bantu people moved into South Africa. They spoke their own West African language, Bantu, of course. But after they settled down in South Africa, they learned a lot of new words from the Khoisan people who lived there, who spoke a language called !Kung.

Somebody speaking Xhosa

So new languages came out of mixing these two languages together. Xhosa is one of those languages, and another one is called Zulu. One famous modern Xhosa speaker was Nelson Mandela.

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By |2017-05-23T16:28:11+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History, Literature|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Xhosa – African Language. Quatr.us Study Guides, May 18, 2017. Web. December 18, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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