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Southern-sotho Language Southern-sotho Pronunciation: Alphabet and Pronunciation

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Sothern Sotho (Sesotho) Alphabet and Pronunciation
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Southern Sotho is one of the official languages of South Africa and is spoken by approximately 5 million people in Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.

Southern Sotho is also known as Sotho, Sesotho or Southern Sesotho.

The first written form of Southern Sotho was devised by Thomas Arbousset, Eugène Casalis and Constant Gosselin, French missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Mission who arrived in Lesotho in 1833.

Alphabet[edit | edit source]

Orthography IPA
a /ɑ/
b /b/
bj /bʒ/
/bj/
d [d]
e /ɪ/
/e/
/ɛ/
f /f/
fj /fʃ/
h /h/ or /ɦ/
hl /ɬ/
i /i/
j /ʒ/
/d͡ʒ/
k /kʼ/
kh /kʰ/
kg /x/
/k͡xʰ/
l /l/
m /m/
n /n/
ng /ŋ/
ny /ɲ/
o /ʊ/
/o/
/ɔ/
p /pʼ/
ph /pʰ/
pj /pʃʼ/
pjh /pʃʰ/
q /ǃ/
qh /ǃʰ/
nq /ᵑǃ/
r /ʀ/
s /s/
sh /ʃ/
t /tʼ/
th /tʰ/
tj /t͡ʃʼ/
tjh /t͡ʃʰ/
tl /t͡ɬʼ/
tlh /t͡ɬʰ/
ts /t͡sʼ/
tsh /t͡sʰ/
u /u/
w /w/
y /j/

Voyelles[edit | edit source]

Sesotho uses 9 or 7 vowels.

Antérieur Postérieur
Fermé i u
Pré-fermée ɪ ʊ
Mi-fermé e o
Mi-ouvert ɛ ɔ
Ouvert ɑ

Videos[edit | edit source]

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