Africa is a huge and diverse continent. It is the second largest and second most populated on Earth containing over 1,500 languages spoken, across its 1.1 billion strong population.Many of its languages are Western derived languages, primarily from French and English, but indigenous African languages are incredibly rich and diverse.
IsiZulu, or Zulu, is one of South Africa’s official language, and has over 10 million speakers. It is a member of the Bantu/Nguni family of languages, and is spoken mainly in eastern South Africa. It is the second most widely spoken Bantu language, after Shona, and is written using the Latin alphabet.
Most languages spoken in Africa belong to one of three large language families: Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan and Niger–Congo.Another hundred belong to smaller families such as Ubangian (sometimes grouped within Niger-Congo) and the various families called Khoisan, or the Indo-European and Austronesian language families mainly spoken outside Africa; the presence of the latter two dates to 2,600 …
European Languages in Africa. One of the significant impacts of colonization was the introduction of European languages to Africa which are mainly used as Lingua Franca in many countries. Languages such as German, English, and French were introduced by the colonial masters to facilitate communication with the conquered communities.
Berber is an Afro-Asiatic language made up of twenty-six closely related languages. It is spoken by approximately 56 million people, making it the second most commonly spoken language in Africa. Berber is widely spoken in North African countries like Morocco and Algeria, which account for the highest number of standard Berber speakers.
Determining the number of languages spoken in Africa can be complex, mostly because it can be difficult to determine whether two languages are distinct or simply dialects of the same language. Still, many agree that the number lies around 2,000. Some of the more common include Hausa, Swahili, and Yoruba.
Other significant languages in South Africa. Other languages spoken in South Africa not mentioned in the Constitution, include many of those already mentioned above, such as KheLobedu, SiNrebele, SiPhuthi, as well as mixed languages like Fanakalo (a pidgin language used as a lingua franca in the mining industry), and Tsotsitaal or S’Camtho, an …
Most Widely Spoken Languages ___ Official and Spoken Languages of African Countries. List of official, national and spoken languages of Africa. Africa is a continent with a very high linguistic diversity, there are an estimated 1500-2000 African languages. Of these languages four main groupings can be distinguished: Afro-Asiatic
1 SWAHILI. Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa, with over 100 million speakers. It is a Bantu language believed to have originated from other languages, mainly Arabic, due to historical interactions between Arabs from the Middle East and East Africans.
Conversely, there are around 46 languages that only have a single speaker! In Asia alone, there are 2,294 languages spoken, in Africa 2,144, Americas 1,061, the Pacific 1,313, and Europe with 287 languages. (Source: Ethnologue) The exact number of languages spoken has always been surrounded by uncertainty.