Official languages of africa map. The languages of africa are divided into six major language families. Mass settlement ultimately occurred and the region was renamed rhodesia in honor of cecil rhodes. South africa languages. Catalan or valencian is spoken by 19 galician by 5 and basque by 2 of the population.
Over many modern centuries assorted african tribes moved steadily south to populate the country we now call south africa. In terms of the number of speakers and dominance the most prominent of the languages of spain is spanish castilian spoken by about 99 of spaniards as a first or second language. List of official and spoken languages of african countries. This map depicts endonyms of the countries of the world in their official or national languages.
Its democratic constitution which came into effect on 4 february 1997 recognises 11 official languages to which the state guarantees equal status. South africa is a multilingual country. 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. Archeologists report evidence that humans have inhabited southern africa for more than 100000 years.
The black african population is heterogeneous falling mainly into four linguistic categories. Apartness or racial separation in 1994. South africa the southernmost country on the african continent renowned for its varied topography great natural beauty and cultural diversity all of which have made the country a favoured destination for travelers since the legal ending of apartheid afrikaans. The largest is the nguni including various peoples who speak swati primarily the swazi peoples as well as those who speak languages that take their names from the peoples by whom they are primarily spokenthe ndebele.