The most common language spoken as a first language by South Africans is Zulu (23 percent), followed by Xhosa (16 percent), and Afrikaans (14 percent). English is the fourth most common first language in the country (9.6%), but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.
Which language is most popular in South Africa?
isiZulu As of 2018, the languages most commonly spoken by individuals inside of South African households were isiZulu at 25.3 percent, isiXhosa at 14.8 percent and Afrikaans at 12.2 percent respectively.
What language does South Africa speaks?
IsiZulu is South Africas biggest language, spoken by almost a quarter (23%) of the population. Our other official languages are isiXhosa (spoken by 16%), Afrikaans (13.5%), English (10%), Sesotho sa Leboa (9%), Setswana and Sesotho (both 8%), Xitsonga (4.5%), siSwati and Tshivenda (both 2.5%), and isiNdebele (2%).
What is the most difficult language in South Africa?
Taa, the last vital language of the Tuu language family and formerly called ʻSouthern Khoisan, it is believed to be the worlds most difficult language. Part of the Khoisan language group and is spoken in the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, it is also known as ! Xóõ or !
What is the oldest African language?
Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa. It belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family. It evolved from the variety of Dutch which was spoken by Dutch settlers in South Africa.
What is hello in African language?
Hello – “Jambo” or “Hujambo,” or “Habari” Good morning – ” Habari ya Asubuhi”
Is Afrikaans dead or alive?
The Afrikaans language is one of South Africas official languages and a large proportion of the local population uses it as their first or second language. It is still taught in schools. Some believe that Afrikaans is a dying language, however, it remains spoken all over the country and respected for its origins.