Africa is the 2nd largest continent in the world with over 50
countries. Each country speaks a different language (or a number of
The vast history of linguistics in Africa is fascinating. Many
languages are spoken throughout the continent of Africa. There are
geographic/ethnic groups of languages (e.g., Bantu, Arabic, etc.);
there are numerous regional languages (e.g., Swahili, Lingappa,
Afrikaans, etc.); there are local dialects of regional
Due to the influx of Europeans over the last several centuries,
there are also European languages spoken (e.g., French, English,
Portuguese, etc.). In addition, there is incorporation of European
words and phrases into most regional languages.
There are over 2000 languages/ dialects on the African
Continent. Africa is not one single country with one single
A few examples are:
The most widely used language in Africa is Arabic.
Africans speak many different languages, there isn't a thing
like an African language.
There are an estimated 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, in six
major linguistic families:
Afro-Asiatic stretches from North Africa to the Horn of Africa
and Southwest Asia.
Nilo-Saharan is centered on Sudan and Chad.
Niger-Congo covers West, Central, and Southeast Africa.
Khoe is concentrated in the deserts of Namibia and
Austronesian on Madagascar.
Indo-European on the Southern tip of the continent.
There are also a few additional small families and minor languages
that have yet to be classified.In addition, Africa has a wide
variety of sign languages, many of which are language
isolates.Several African languages are whistled to communicate over
long distances.Individual languages such as Berber, Arabic, Igbo,
Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba are spoken by tens of millions
of people.About a hundred of the languages of Africa are widely
used for inter-ethnic communication.Apart from African languages,
many people in Africa speak English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch
or other European languages.
There are more then 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, so it
is many but here are some examples:
Berber, Igbo, Hausa, Swahili, Amharic, Yoruba, Arabic , and
some languages are whistled instead of spoken
I assume you mean Africa. This is a very general question, there
are approximately 1,500 languages spoken in Africa, they can be
grouped as follows:
- Afroasiatic stretches from North Africa to the Horn of Africa
and Southwest Asia
- Nilo-Saharan is centered on Sudan and Chad
- Niger-Congo covers West, Central, and Southeast Africa
- Khoe is concentrated in the deserts of Namibia and
- Austronesian on Madagascar.
- Indo-European on the Southern tip of the continent.
Some of the most widespread languages are Berber, Arabic, Igbo,
Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba.
Out of interest, I would like to add that English and French are
spoken in many areas, where former British or French colonies were
established. Afrikaans, a very particular language based on Dutch
but with many other influences (including English, Portuguese and
local African dialects) is spoken in South Africa and neighboring
There are estimations of up to 3000 different languages spoken in
Africa, a continent of 54 countries and over 1.1 billion people.
Here are just 5 of those languages:
The continent of Africa has no one
main language. More than 1500 languages are spoken there.
Some examples are traditional Bantu languages such as isiZulu,
isiXhosa, Sotho, Yoruba, etc. Also French, English, Arabic &
Kiswahili (Swahili) is a mixture of Arabic and African
There is one language that is mostly spoken is called affrican
language.... other africans speak english.... 90% speak affrican
only 10% speak english.. that is why africans primary language is
(related to Dutch), English, French, Portugeese,
There are over 2000 languages and dialects in Africa and 54
independant nations; there is no one single official lanuage.
The continent of Africa consists of 54 nations and 9 territories,
with about 1.1 BILLION people. There are an estimated TWO THOUSAND
different languages and dialects spoken there.
they speak 15 different languages in Africa. ARABIC,
PORTUGESE, FRENCH, ENGLISH, SETSWANA, KIRUNDI,SPANISH, AMHARIC,
SWAHILI, SESOTHO, MALAGSY, CHICHEWA, KINYARWANDA, SOMALI, AND
Africa is a very large continent with too many
languages to mention here. South Africa alone has 11 official
languages and many more unofficial ones.
English is spoken pretty much everywhere in Africa, with French
being the second most popular language. The best thing to do would
be to search for the languages spoken in a specific African
country, since most African countries have more than one official
Different countries in Africa have different official language.
However English has become the most popular second language for
most countries and this would therefore make English the most
popular language. Basically if you can speak English, you can now
communicate anywhere in the world.
there are alot, mwambi is common I suggest Mwambi is a figment of
the imagination.....a reasonable list would be Arabic, Swahili,
Hausa, Berber, Oromo, Zulu, Somali, Yoruba, Igbo, Amharic, Shona,
Bambara, Twi, Ibibio, Fula, Afrikaans Linaga, Chichewa, Xhosa,
Kiraranda, Congo, Tigrinya, Gbe, Tshilba, Wolof, Gikuyu, More,
Kirundi, Luhya, Sotho. Twana, Kanuri, Umbundu and Northern Sotho
but not all Africa
Wa-Swahili, a language frequently used for inter-ethnic
There are many different languages spoken in Africa:
Some of them are:
There is no dominant language in the continent of Africa because
there are more than 2,000 native languages spoken in Africa by many
tribes and there are colonial official languages spoken in Africa
and the most dominant are English & french depending in what
African country but in majority of African countries native
languages are the primary languages spoken in a daily basis but
they also know how to speak English, French, Portuguese and etc
(depending on the country) due to it being official languages
because of the colonization past of Africa.
Although that is the case certain parts of Africa speak the same
languages in different tribes and more than one country.
In North Africa Arabic is the common native
language spoken in all the seven countries of that region and most
of the countries of that region have french as a official language
In most of East Africa, Swahili is the the major language
spoken by most tribes there or that region, and four
countries(Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo) of
that region have that native language as a official language(but
that is not the only native language spoken in that region).
In other parts of Africa though like West, Central,
& Southern Africa there is no common language spoken
in all those regions or within those regions, especially in West
Africa. The language spoken in one country of a specific region is
different from another country in that same region, besides native
languages there are other languages spoken like official languages
like English or french for example (although that's the case almost
all Africans regardless of what part they are from speak more than
2 languages from their country).
In conclusion though there is no direct dominant language spoken
in Africa (like it is in South America where majority of the
countries speak Spanish) but when it comes to official languages
spoken in African countries, well in general the most dominant
official languages that African children have to learn when young
at school besides their parents native language is either English,
French, other or a combination.
The continent of Africa has no one main language. More than 1500
languages are spoken there.
There is no single language of Africa. Africa is a hughe continent
in which hundresd of languages are spoken.
There are more than 1500 languages spoken in Africa. The
most widely spoken languages are Swahli, Arabic, French, and
Arabic, Xhosa, Zulu, Shona, Ndabele, Kikuyu etc..
As well as European lanuages such as French, Portugese, Dutch
there is no dominant language each country has its own , different
There are hundreds of languages spoken in Africa.
Many countries in Africa have English as their official language.
But there are many different languages spoken within the various
You cannot simply say "African people" since Africa is a continent
and contains many "people" of different tribes in many
In the majority of these countries, you can hear and understand
English, French, Portugese, Spanish, Arabic and literally hundreds
of native, tribal languages and dialects.
For instance, in the city of Accra, Ghana West Africa the
official language of the country, English is spoken, but also Twi,
Ga and Fante, Ewe and a mix of two or all of those called Pidgin
By most estimates, well over 1500 languages (UNESCO has estimated
around two thousand) are spoken in Africa and double the number of
dialects. Most of those languages are spoken amongst small amounts
of people, at a tribal level, which accounts for so many languages.
Then there are the larger languages that are spoken across the
continent by millions of people.
Nigeria has more than 500 languages. Cameroon has 278. South
Africa has 31, including 11 official languages.
There are several major language families in Africa:
Indo-European (mainly English, Afrikaans and French).
There are many. However, there are three main languages that can
help a person communicate in many countries of the continent. These
three are: 1) English, 2) French, and 3) Portuguese. Once one gets
out of a main city or business center, the probability of any
European language being spoken decreases with distance.
actually that's incorrect Portuguese is not speaken in Africa
its speakin in Asia ans south America the top 3 is 1. English,
2.yuraba, 3. gangbe
Sorry but Portuguese is spoken in Africa in Angola and
Mozambique two former Portuguese colonies.
There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa, but among the
most widely spoken are Arabic, English, French, Swahili, Berber,