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The Northern Ndebele language, isiNdebele, Sindebele, or Ndebele is an African language belonging to the Nguni group of Bantu languages, and spoken by the Ndebele or Matabele people of Zimbabwe. isiNdebele is related to the Zulu language spoken in South Africa. This is because the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe descend from followers of the Zulu leader Mzilikazi, who left KwaZulu in the early nineteenth century during the Mfecane. The Northern and Southern Ndebele languages are not variants of the same language; though they both fall in the Nguni group of Bantu languages, Northern Ndebele is essentially a dialect of Zulu, and the older Southern Ndebele language falls within a different subgroup. The shared name is due to contact between Mzilikazi's people and the original Ndebele, through whose territory they crossed during the Mfecane.
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Names (more)

[af] Noord-Ndebele
[am] ሰሜን ንዴብሌ
[ar] النديبيل الشمالي
[az] şimal ndebele dili
[bn] উত্তর এন্দেবিলি
[bs] severni ndebele
[br] ndebele an Norzh
[bg] северен ндебеле
[ca] ndebele septentrional
[cs] ndebele (Zimbabwe)
[cy] Ndebele Gogleddol
[da] nordndebele
[de] IsiNdebele
[el] Ντεμπέλε Βορρά
[en] Ndebele, North
[eo] Norda Ndebela lingvo
[et] põhjandebele
[eu] Iparraldeko ndebelera
[ee] dziehe ndebelegbe
[fa] انده‌بله‌ای شمالی
[fi] pohjois-ndebele
[fr] Sindebele
[gl] ndebele do norte
[gu] ઉતર દેબેલ
[he] צפון נדבלה
[hi] उत्तरी देबेल
[hr] sjeverni ndebele
[hu] északi ndebele
[id] Ndebele Utara
[is] norðurndebele
[it] Lingua ndebele del nord
[ja] 北ンデベレ語
[kn] ಉತ್ತರ ದೆಬೆಲೆ
[ks] شُمال ڈَبیل
[kk] Солтүстік ндебел
[ko] 북부 은데벨레어
[lo] ເອັນເດເບເລເໜືອ
[lv] ziemeļndebelu
[lt] šiaurės ndebelų
[ml] നോർത്ത് ഡെബിൾ
[mr] उत्तरी देबेली
[mk] северен ндебеле
[mt] Ndebele, ta’ Fuq
[nd] isiNdebele
[nl] Noord-Ndbele
[nn] nord-ndebele
[nb] nord-ndebele
[no] Nordndebele
[or] ଉତ୍ତର ନେଡବେଲେ
[pl] Język ndebele północny
[pt] Língua ndebele do norte
[rm] ndebele dal nord
[ro] ndebele de nord
[ru] Северный ндебеле
[sk] severné ndbele
[sl] severna ndebelščina
[es] Idioma ndebele del norte
[sr] Северни ндебеле
[sv] Nordndebele
[ta] வடக்கு தெபெலே
[te] ఉత్తర దెబెలె
[th] เอ็นเดเบเลเหนือ
[to] lea netepele fakatokelau
[tr] Kuzey Ndebele
[uk] ндебелє північна
[ur] شمالی دبیل
[vi] Bắc Ndebele
[zu] isi-North Ndebele

Language type : Living

Language resources for North Ndebele

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Wiktionary - Category:Northern Ndebele language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:ndébélé du Nord [fr]

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ISO 639-1 : nd
ISO 639-2B : nde
ISO 639-2T : nde
ISO 639-3 : nde

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