What are the 11 official languages?

South Africa’s Constitution recognises 11 official languages: Sepedi (also known as Sesotho sa Leboa), Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

What language do they speak in Cape Town South Africa?

English. South African English is spoken in a variety of accents, and is usually peppered with words from Afrikaans and African languages. It was brought to South Africa by the British who declared it the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822.

Is Zulu on duolingo?

Two of South Africa’s main languages, Zulu and Xhosa, will be made available on Duolingo, one of the most popular language-learning apps and websites.

What’s the rarest language?

What is the rarest language to speak? Kaixana is the rarest language to speak because it only has one speaker left today. Kaixana has never been very popular. But it had 200 speakers in the past.

What is South Africa’s first language?

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.

What is the hardest language in the world?

Mandarin. As mentioned before, Mandarin is unanimously considered the toughest language to master in the world! Spoken by over a billion people in the world, the language can be extremely difficult for people whose native languages use the Latin writing system.

Is Zulu a hard language to learn?

The isiZulu language, although not overly difficult to learn, has a complex linguistic make up. Henning however comforts his students by telling them that it takes at least a year before one is comfortably conversational in Zulu.

What’s so special about South Africa?

South Africa is the world’s biggest producer of gold, platinum, chromium, vanadium, manganese and alumino-silicates. It also produces nearly 40% of the world’s chrome and vermiculite. Durban is the largest port in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. South Africa has the fourth largest coal reserves in the world.

Which is the second language spoken in South Africa?

Afrikaans is also spoken widely across the centre and north of the country, as a second (or third or even fourth) language by Black South Africans (which, in South Africa, popularly means SiNtu -speaking populations) living in farming areas. The 2011 census recorded the following distribution of first language speakers:

Where are the Austronesian languages spoken in Africa?

Various families of Nilo-Saharan languages (unity debated) are spoken from Tanzania to Eritrea and Sudan and from Chad to Mali. Austronesian languages are spoken in Madagascar. Khoe–Kwadi languages are spoken principally in Namibia and Botswana.

Which is the most spoken language in the Western Cape?

Around half the people of the Western Cape and Northern Cape speak Afrikaans. In Gauteng and Mpumalanga, no single language dominates. The main languages of each province are: Eastern Cape – isiXhosa (78.8%), Afrikaans (10.6%) Free State – Sesotho (64.2%), Afrikaans (12.7%)

Where do most people in South Africa speak English?

Almost 10% of South Africans speak English as their first language especially in the provinces of Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal. English is spoken across all ethnic groups and offers a medium of interaction between the different languages and the non-citizens.