Shona love poem
Chimiro chako mugirazi
Ndiyo nhetembo yandinodisisa
Asika, chimbidza nokuti chinotiza
Ndikuudze kekupedzisira kuti "ndinokuda"!
Audio voice Pauline Zingwe
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Shona woman & language
My love poem in its shona translation (chishona, chichona). There are 7 million speakers in Zimbabwe where it is an official language, in Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. So a lot of people would be able to understand my little poem. The standard shona is based on the zezuru dialect and is spoken by 80% of Zimbabweans.
Shona is a Bantu language, one of the important languages of southern Africa, which has had important literature since 1950. The main dialects are Karanga, Korekore, Manyika, and Zezuru. It's a tonal language. Zezuru is the basis of the standard language. Ndau and Kalanga, which are very close, are nevertheless considered as languages apart.