List of African Languages and Where They are Spoken

List of African Languages and Where They are Spoken

African Languages are numerous. there are about 2000 languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction. Most of the Languages spoken in Africa are can be classified under three language groups, mainly the Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and the Niger-Congo Language families.

Afroasiatic languages are spoken mostly in North Africa and in the horn of Africa. this group also extends into western Asia and in the Sahel.

Nilo-Saharan languages are the different languages spoken along the Nile valley and down into the areas around the river Niger, while the Niger-Congo language family is spoken in most of West Africa.

There are also many unclassified languages and many more languages that fall under smaller language groups.

African Languages by country:

NB: This table represents the most popular languages in the country. Nigeria has over 500 languages and dialects. Click here for a list of all languages.

CountryLanguages
AlgeriaBerber
AngolaUmbundu
BeninFon, Yoruba
BotswanaSetswana
Burkina-fasoMossi, Dyula
BurundiKirundi, Swahili
CameroonFulfulde
Cape VerdeKabuverdianu
CARSangho, Banda, Gbaya
ChadSara
ComorosShikomoro
D.R. CongoLingala, Kigwana
CongoLingala, Kikongo, Monokotuba
Cote d’ivoireDioula
DjiboutiSomali, Afar
EgyptArabic
Equatorial GuineaFang, Bubi, Ibo
EritreaTigrinya, Tigre, Afar
EthiopiaAmharic, Oromo
GabonFeng, Nzebi, Myene
The GambiaMandinka, Wolof, Fula
GhanaAkan, Ewe, Ga
GuineaSoussou, Maninka, KIssi
Guinea BissauCiruolo
KenyaKiswahili
LesothoSesotho, Zulu, Xhosa
LiberiaCreole
LibyaArabic
MadagascarMalagasy
MalawiTumbuka, Lomwe, Nyanja
MaliBambara, Dogoso, Fulfulde
MauritaniaHassaniya Arabic, Soninke
MauritiusHindi, Urdu, Hakka
MoroccoBerber, Arabic
MozambiqueTsonga, Makhuwa
NamibiaAfrikaans
NigerHausa, Djerma
NigeriaHausa, Ibo, Yoruba
RwandaKinyarwanda, Swahili
SenegalWolof, Pula, Mandinka
Sierra LeoneMende, Temne
SomaliaSomali
South-AfricaAfrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati
SudanNubian
TanzaniaKiswahili
TogoEwe, Dagomba, Kabye
TunisiaArabic
UgandaGanda, Acoli
ZambiaBemba, Kaonda, Lunda
ZimbabweChishona, Ndebele
African languages by country

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