Languages of Namibia

It is a valuable resource for linguists, students, and professionals. It offers a unique view of the language scene in Namibia, covering all of its major languages.

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Namibia’s Languages

There are three main languages spoken in Namibia: English, German, and Swahili.

Each language has its own unique dialects that can be heard in different parts of the country. English is the primary language used by Namibians and is spoken by about 60% of the population.

German is also widely spoken, but it is not as common as English and it mainly serves as a second or third language for people outside of rural areas.

French is also widely understood in some parts of the country, but it is not as widespread as either English or German.

Swahili is a language that belongs to the Bantu family and was first developed in central Africa. It is mainly used among the Tswana people and has become an official language in Namibia since 1998.

What are the Top 5 Languages of Namibia?

The top five languages of Namibia according to linguists are Swahili (70%), Xhosa (25%), German (20%), Dutch (15%), and English (10%).

These languages together make up over 70% of the total speech volume within Namibia!

Their language are diverse and there are many different varieties of them. Some of the languages in Namibia include English, Swahili, Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, and Tswana.

These different languages have their own unique dialects which can make communication difficult or even impossible.

However, with the help of a translator or language course, it is possible to communicate easily in one of the many varieties of each language.