There are more than 1000 African languages so it can be difficult to select but in this article, we have mentioned top 10 major languages in Africa.
List of Most Spoken Languages of Africa
1 – Swahili
Swahili is one of the most common languages in Africa. This is the first language of the list. Swahili have between 100 and 150 million speakers in Africa. It is also known as a ‘Bantu’ language, Swahili actually invented from other languages like Arabic.
In these parts like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is an official language, not only Africa, it is also used in countries like northern Mozambique, Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, southern Somalia and the Comoros Islands.
The meaning of black in Swahili is “nyeusi
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2 – Amharic
In Ethiopia, more than 20 million people speak Amharic which is one of the main languages. After Arabic language, it is the 2nd most spoken Semitic language in the world.
The meaning of “Queen” in Amharic is “ንግስት” nigisiti
3 – Yoruba
In Nigeria, there are more than 30 million Yoruba speakers, the combination of Benin and Togo, making it one of West Africa’s most spoken languages. Including Akoko, Oworo, Ekiti, Ijebu, and Ijesha this language has more than 15 dialects.
The meaning of “Travel ” in Yoruba is “ irin-ajo”
4 – Oromo
In Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, Oromo is a major spoken language. This language is spoken by 30 million people.
Now here is an amazing thing about this language, Between 1974 and 1991 the people of Oromos were forbidden writing this language.
5 – Hausa
Hausa on number 5th in languages spoken in Africa. The official language of Nigeria is Hausa, which has 40 million plus speakers around this continent.
In many countries like Eritrea, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Germany, Ghana, Niger, Sudan, Togo and a lot of North Africa, Hausa is spoken.
Hausa is an advanced language in Africa. This language uses Boko and Latin alphabet.
The meaning of “ Sun” in Hausa is “hasken rana”
6 – Igbo
IGBO is the 6th popular African language that also spoken in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. It has 20 million speakers and it is a famous language. This language taught in Nigerian schools.
The meaning of “Moon ” in IGBO is “ọnwa”
7 – Zulu
Zulu is 7th most spoken language in Africa with 10 million speakers. It is much related to other languages like Ndebele and Xhosa. Zulu is also the name of largest Ethnic group in South Africa.
The meaning of “ God” in Zulu is “UNkulunkulu”
8 – Shona
In Zimbabwe most common spoken language is Shona along with English. Shona is also spoken by 10 million plus people. This language has two different versions. The version called “High” is used while praying and the version “low” is used in homes.
The meaning of “ Death” in Shona is “rufu”
9 – Arabic
As Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world by 280 million speaker worldwide and 150 million in Africa. Name of some Arabic speaking countries are Morocco, Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria, Libya, Eritrea and Tunisia.
The modern Standard Arabic is mostly used in communication with most Arabic speakers and also to write the language and is present in media and books. The Classical Standard Arabic is used to learn the language in an academic way.
The meaning of “sister” in Arabic is “أخت”
10 – Portuguese
Portuguese is the 10th most African language and the official language of six states of Africa including Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome e Principe and Equatorial Guinea.
Portuguese is mother tongue of 14 million people and 30 million speakers have second language.
The meaning of “Turtle ” in Portuguese is “tartaruga”
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