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Fun facts about Shona

The language has borrowed many words from other languages such as 'yunivhesiti' (university) and 'motokari' (car) from English.

Clapping your hands is a gesture which accompanies greetings and can also mean thank you. Men clap with flat hands and women clap with cupped hands.

A Shona proverb says: 'It's a marvel to see a leopard playing with a goat' which suggests that something suspicious is going on! (Manenji kuona kamba ichitamba nembudzi.)

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