Africa is one of the biggest and the second most populous continent in the world. It has over a billion people and over 3,000 languages spoken in Africa. Many Africans know how to speak English, which is the universal language. Most of the native English speakers are from South Africa. Aside from English, other languages widely spoken in Africa include the following:
· Amharic – It is the official language of Ethiopia. It is also the second widely spoken language with over 21 million speakers. It is in a way related to Hebrew and Arabic. It is a beautifully-sounding language, but even more beautiful when written. Amharic uses alphasyllabary called Fidel.
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· Yoruba – It is the most spoken language in West Africa particularly in countries like Nigeria, Benin and Togo.
· Oromo – This language is spoken in the Horn of Africa such as Kenya, Egypt, Somalia, and Ethiopia. The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in the country.
· Hausa – It is one of the official languages of Nigeria. It originated in northern Nigeria and southern Niger and eventually spread on western Africa. Its writing system includes Boko and Latin alphabet.
· Zulu/IsiZulu – It is one of the official languages in South Africa, which belongs to the Bantu family of languages. It is widely spoken in the eastern part of South Africa. It has a unique click sound as a result of the influence of the Khoisan language. It uses the Latin alphabet when written.
· Shona – It is the language spoken in Zimbabwe, but most of the people in Botswana and Mozambique also speak the language.
· Igbo – It is one of the official languages in Nigeria. Approximately 20 million people speak Igbo. A majority of people in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea also speak Igbo.
· Arabic – It is a Semitic language spoken not only in the Middle East but in some parts of Africa too. It is the official language in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Eritrea, Mauritania, and Libya.