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The Sotho leid, Sesotho (an aa kent as Soothren Sotho, or Soothren Sesotho[5]) is a Soothren Bantu leid o the Sotho-Tswana (S.30) group, spoken primarily in Sooth Africae, whaur it is ane o the 11 offeecial leids, an in Lesotho, whaur it is the naitional leid.

Pronunciation [sɪ̀sʊ́tʰʊ̀]
Native tae Lesotho, Sooth Africae
Ethnicity Basotho
Native speakers
5.6 million (2001–2011)[1]
7.9 million L2 speakers in Sooth Africae (2002)[2]
Laitin (Sotho alphabet)
Sotho Braille
Signed Sotho
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Sooth Africae
Regulatit bi Pan Sooth African Leid Buird
Leid codes
ISO 639-1 st
ISO 639-2 sot
ISO 639-3 sot
Glottolog sout2807[3]
Linguasphere 99-AUT-ee incl. varieties 99-AUT-eea to 99-AUT-eee


  1. Sotho at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Webb, Vic. 2002. "Language in South Africa: the role of language in national transformation, reconstruction and development." Impact: Studies in language and society, 14:78
  3. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Soothren Sotho". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  5. ,Heestorically an aa Suto, or Suthu, Souto, Sisutho, Sutu, or Sesutu, accordin to the pronunciation o the name.