Peace Corps - Siswati - Special Skills
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Instructional materials for siSwati are designed for Peace Corps volunteer language and cultural training. The materials are in five parts. Part 1 contains bilingual readings containing factual information on Swaziland, including history, geography, industry, and its neighboring countries. This section is bilingual, with one page in siSwati and the facing page in English. Part 2 presents traditional stories and proverbs in siSwati and information about traditional medicine, mostly in English. Part 3 is an article in English comparing the two closely related languages, siSwati and Zulu. Part 4 provides specialized vocabulary lists for food and drink, insects and animals, birds, trees, grasses and reeds, traditional dress and ornaments, crafts, and agriculture. Part 5 is a sampling of newspaper stories, with versions in both English and siSwati. A selected bibliography is included.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Swaziland: 1969-1996, 2003-present
Swaziland: Health, Youth Development
The Swazi or Swati language is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Swaziland and South Africa by the Swazi people. The number of speakers is estimated to be in the region of 3 million. The language is taught in Swaziland and some South African schools in Mpumalanga and KaNgwane areas. Swazi is an official language of Swaziland, (along with English), and is also one of the eleven official languages of South Africa.
Although the preferred term is "Swati" among native speakers, in English it is generally referred to as Swazi: this is taken from the Zulu name for the language, isiSwazi. Swazi is most closely related to the other "Tugela" Nguni language, Phuthi; but is also very close to the "Zunda" Nguni languages: Zulu, Southern Ndebele, Northern Ndebele, and Xhosa.
Siswati is spoken in: Swaziland, South Africa
Siswati is also called: Swazi, Swati