Bostico International provide professional Shona translators, interpreters and translation services. Due to the language variation and cultural differences between countries, translations need to be adapted for the target language, sentence structure, tone, and including cultural backgrounds. Shona (or chiShona) is a Bantu language, native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe and southern Zambia; the term is also used to identify peoples who speak one of the Shona language dialects, namely Zezuru, Karanga, Manyika, Ndau and Korekore. Shona is an official language of Zimbabwe, along with Ndebele and English. Shona speakers comprise more than 80% of Zimbabwe's population and number about 6,225,000. Shona is also spoken by a substantial number of people in Mozambique. Other countries that host Shona language speakers are Zambia and Botswana. The total number of Shona speakers is at least 7,000,000. Languages with partial intelligibility with Shona, of which the speakers are considered to be ethnically Shona, are the Ndau language, spoken in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and the Manyika language, spoken in eastern Zimbabwe, near Mutare. Ndau literacy material has been introduced into primary schools. Our Shona translation services cover all of your needs from the internationalisation of your business relationships to your day to day communications.
Certified or notarised Shona translations
Our certified Shona translators are the best in their field of work and we provide notarised and certified Shona translations for those that need documents legalised. There are many dialect differences in Shona, but a standardised dialect is recognised: Toko dialect, Hwesa dialect, Karanga dialect (Chikaranga), spoken in southern Zimbabwe, near Masvingo. Subdialects Duma, Jena, Mhari (Mari), Ngova, Venda [not the Venda language), Nyubi, Govera. Zezuru dialect (Chizezuru, Bazezuru, Bazuzura, Mazizuru, Vazezuru, Wazezuru). Spoken in Mashonaland and central Zimbabwe, near Harare. The standard language. Subdialects Shawasha, Gova, Mbire, Tsunga, Kachikwakwa, Harava, Nohwe, Njanja, Nobvu, Kwazwimba (Zimba). Korekore dialect (Northern Shona, Goba, Gova, Shangwe). Spoken in northern Zimbabwe, near Mvurwi. Subdialects: Budya, Gova, Tande, Tavara, Nyongwe, Pfunde, Shan Gwe. Our comprehensive translation service allows us to have access to all the languages and dialects required for the certification of your translated documents.