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Sesotho is in the Sesotho language group which originates from the South-eastern Bantu-Zone. The Sotho group of languages is comprised of south Sotho, north Sotho, Setswana and Selozi. Related to the Sesotho group of languages is th Nguni group, another descent of south-eastern Bantu group of language is spoken in Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, with Sesotho being official language in both Lesotho and South Africa.
Other ethnic groups such as Baphuti who speak Sephuthi and the Thembus(Bathepu) who speak Sethembu live in Quthing - one of the districts in the southern part of Lesotho. Majority of the people identified in these groups also speak Sesotho.
The first written form of Sesotho was devised by Thomas Arbousett, Eugene Casalis and Constance Goseelin, French missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Mission who arrived in Lesotho in 1833.
Sesotho, like other Bantu languages, is an agglutinative (forming new words by combining two words) language because most of its words are built from prefixes and suffixes. For example, the prefix "se-" and the stem "-sotho" forms the word "Sesotho". Sesotho is mostly from Lesotho, Setswana from Botswana and Selozi from Zambia. Hence the speakers of the three languages can easily understand each other without any need for translation. Sesotho consists of the clicking sounds that come from the Khoisan, which are also found in the Zulu and Xhosa languags.
Like all other Bantu languages, it is also tonal language that is distinguished by its prefix concorded system (agreement of nouns and their pronouns). All words end with a vowel or a nasal consonant "ng" and uses a set of noun classes.
Lesson 1: Guide to Sesotho Pronunciation