African Languages



Afrikaans is a West Germanic language, mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. Although Afrikaans borrowed from languages such as Malay, Portuguese, the Bantu languages and the Khoisan languages, 90 to 95 percent of Afrikaans vocabulary is ultimately of Dutch origin. …


Kabyle  (Ṯaqbayliṯ) is a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people. Estimates about the number of speakers range from 3,126,000 to about 7 million speakers worldwide, the majority in Algeria. Kabyle was (with some exceptions) rarely written before the 20th century; however, in recent years a small but increasing body of literature has been printed.


Swahili (Kiswahili) is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. Although only 5–10 million people speak it as their native language, Swahili is a national, or official language, of four nations, namely Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. …

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