Pretoria Sotho

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Pretoria Sotho
Native to South Africa
Region Tshwane
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)

Pretoria Sotho is the urban lingua franca of Pretoria and the Tshwane metropolitan area in South Africa. Despite its name, it is based on the Kgatla dialect of Tswana, though it includes many words from Northern Sotho (Pedi) as well as Afrikaans and English. It is spoken by most black residents of all ages and levels of education in Tshwane, and though it is most commonly used in informal situations, it is also used in schools and at political events, where people have different language backgrounds. Standard Northern Sotho is not commonly used in schools except in Sotho classes. The two varieties are, however, mutually intelligible.


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