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The Tsonga language (Xitsonga) is a southern African Bantu language spoken by the Tsonga people. It was officially created in 1875 at the Valdezia Mission Station by the Swiss Missionaries as a combination of various east coast dialects. The Swiss Missionaries blended all these east coast dialects into one and formed one super language, which they called 'Thonga', but later modified it and renamed Xitsonga.