Setswana love poem
Moriti wa gago seiponeng
Ke leboko lame le lentle go fetisa
Mme o itlhaganele le a nyelela
Ke ame a bofelo "ke a go rata"
→ French poem ←
The love poem in its Setswana translation, it's a majority language in Botswana and an official language in South Africa. Tswana (other names and dialects names : Hurutshe, Thlaping, Rolong, Tshwana, Ngwato, Chuana, Tlhaping, Tsiwaha, Kwena, Ngwatu, Sehurutshe, Secoana, Lete, Tlokwa, Sechuana, Chwana, Bechuana, Kgatla, Tlapi, Tlharo, Melete, Tawana, Secwana, Beetjuans, Mangwato, Ngwaketse, Thlaro, Coana, Tlahaping, Cuana, Autonym : Setswana).
This Bantu language is very similar to Sotho (western sotho), and also spoken in Namibia and Zimbabwe. 4 million Tswanas will be able to read my poem translated.
Botswana owes its name to this ethny. The tswana includes several dialectal variants, the one called kgatla being the reference.
Setswana is one of the languages of the Sotho group (Southeast Bantu languages), which can be divided into three Sotho-Tswana groups: (Western Sotho, Lesotho (southern) Sotho, Northern Sotho).
Originally the different Sotho-Tswana groups shared a lot: a fairly typical habitat of round huts with a thatched roof, the practice of totemism, a patrilineal and polygamous system and the marriage of men to their maternal cousins.
They are part of those Bantu of Egypt or Ethiopia, who in the Iron Age migrated to southern Africa probably in several waves.
They lived first in the south of the Transvaal, then migrated to Botswana, then they dispersed. They formed a conquering state, inspired by the Zulu model.
Their social organization is typical of that of the Bantu, Kraal and extended family etc. Former Botswana, Bechuanaland, is stuck between Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.