Understanding Africa’s most popular and Spoken Languages

31 May 2019 Igloos

Africa is indeed a huge continent!  As a result, Africa has more languages and dialects than any other continent. It is estimated that there are more than 3000 languages spoken in Africa alone hence making it a sea of languages.

Besides, Africa is the second largest and most populous continent in the earth after Asia with over 1 billion people and over 52 countries and a home to the highest cultural diversities in the world

The major languages in the African continent include; Swahili, Arabic, French and English. Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world with over 240 million speakers worldwide (ethnologue) and one of the most spoken languages in Africa, mostly in North Africa. In Africa alone, there are over 100 million Arabic speakers with the majority in Egypt. Besides, it is also the most widespread official language in Africa , spoken in countries such as Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan , Morocco, among others with the majority in North Africa and the Sahel region.

Besides Arabic, English is also widely spoken on the continent and used as the official language in most of the continent. It is spoken in South Africa with majority of native speakers, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Nigeria, Rwanda, Gambia, Namibia, Mauritius , Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Botswana, among others.

As a result of the above, seeking professional translation services in Africa becomes a matter of necessity for all organizations working on the continent. The Translation services may include Document translation, interpretation services (Simultaneous interpretation, Consecutive interpretation and Whispered interpretation), audio and video transcription services among other related services. This however is also possible with the availability of professional language practitioners in the continent with vast experience offering the aforementioned translation services.

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