Languages of south africa map. See a map of south africas languages. The country is also home to over 5 million immigrants especially from the neighboring zimbabwe. Isizulu or zulu is one of south africas official language and has over 10 million speakers. The language distribution map below shows the dominant languages per municipality in south africa as gathered with the national census in 2001.
As can be seen from the accompanying maps the nine indigenous african languages of south africa can be divided into two geographical zones with nguni languages being predominant in the south eastern third of the country indian ocean coast and sotho languages being predominant in the northern third of the country located further inland as also in botswana and lesotho. It is characterized by unique click sounds within the dialect as a result of influence from. The 6855082 south africans who speak afrikaans as a first language make up 135 of the countrys total population. Because it is the second language of the vast majority of south africans it is also the language most widely understood.
The languages of africa are divided into six major language families. South african english is also an official language and is the de facto primary language used in parliamentary and state discourse though all official languages are equal in legal status and unofficial languages are protected under the constitution of south africa though few are mentioned by any name. Appoximately 200 languages covering nearly northern africa including the horn of africa central sahara et the top nile nilo saharian gathering appoximately 140 languages with some eleven millions speakers scattered in central and eastern africa. Languages of south africa south africa is a diverse nation with a population of over 55 million comprising of people different languages origins cultures and religious practices.
Afroasiatic languages are spread throughout western asia north africa the horn of africa and parts of the sahel. It is a member of the bantunguni family of languages and is spoken mainly in eastern south africa.