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- n. Variant of Setswana.
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- n. the dialect of Sotho spoken by the Tswana in Botswana
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But, you see, the missionary had to alter the words sometimes so as to make the Sechuana lines come right for the music; and the second verse really means:
The hymn-book was written in the language of the people -- the Sechuana language -- and Shomolekae taught them from the book to sing hymns.
Plaatje also worked on two books in Tswana: Sechuana Proverbs with Literal
Had it not been for the colour bar, Mr. Plaatje, in all probability, would have been holding an important position in the Department of Native Affairs; as it was, he entered the ranks of journalism as Editor, in the first place, of Koranta ea Becoana, a weekly paper in English and Sechuana, which was financed by the Chief Silas Molema and existed for seven years very successfully.
The Natives 'retort to this declaration was in the words of a Sechuana proverb, viz.,
In the introduction will be found detailed information with regard to the pronunciation of the Sechuana language.
Ltd. A Sechuana Reader (In International Phonetic Orthography, with English Translations) By
"It is comforting to know that this anomaly is confined to Sechuana and that Zulu, Xhosa and Basuto worshippers have no worry.