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Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by gbogboti: 2:18pm On Mar 28, 2012
Swahili is most widely spoken African language. Swahili is spoken in these countries: Tanzania 99%, Kenya 87%, Uganda 85%, Burundi 55%, Democratic Republic of the Congo 48%, Rwanda 28%, Swahili is also spoken in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan and northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands. It has more than 11 million native speakers (speak Swahili as first language) and more than 120 million secondary speakers. That makes Swahili the largest African language.

Arabic is widely spoken in many African countries, but it is naturally not counted as one of African languages even though there's arabic-africans lives in Africa; it is because most of native African countries has a low percentage of Arabic speakers.

Since almost every African country was at one time a colony, speaking English, Portuguese, or French will also help you communicate. Many Africans will speak Creole or pidgin versions of these European languages and they may not be so easy to understand when you first hear them.

1) Arabic
2) Kiswahili
3) Hausa
4) English
5) Amharic
6) French
7) Oromo
cool Yoruba
9) Igbo
10) Zulu
Source(s): http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/9546 (<click to see the top 50)
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nayah(f): 2:23pm On Mar 28, 2012
coolSwahili the sweetest and most beautiful language in this Continent then Lingala...
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by ArQueBusieR(m): 2:48pm On Mar 28, 2012
Answerbag is your source? SMH
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Abagworo(m): 4:13pm On Mar 28, 2012
Actually its a close call between Kiswahili and Hausa. Swahili for the East and Hausa for West.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by OneNaira6: 7:31pm On Mar 28, 2012
gbogboti: Swahili is most widely spoken African language. Swahili is spoken in these countries: Tanzania 99%, Kenya 87%, Uganda 85%, Burundi 55%, Democratic Republic of the Congo 48%, Rwanda 28%, Swahili is also spoken in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan and northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands. It has more than 11 million native speakers (speak Swahili as first language) and more than 120 million secondary speakers. That makes Swahili the largest African language.

Arabic is widely spoken in many African countries, but it is naturally not counted as one of African languages even though there's arabic-africans lives in Africa; it is because most of native African countries has a low percentage of Arabic speakers.

Since almost every African country was at one time a colony, speaking English, Portuguese, or French will also help you communicate. Many Africans will speak Creole or pidgin versions of these European languages and they may not be so easy to understand when you first hear them.

1) Arabic
2) Kiswahili
3) Hausa
4) English
5) Amharic
6) French
7) Oromo
cool Yoruba
9) Igbo

10) Zulu
Source(s): http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/9546 (<click to see the top 50)

Oromo, Amharic, Yoruba and Igbo shouldn't even be on the list.

How did they make it in the list and Fulani and Lingala did not?

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by ifyalways(f): 9:37pm On Mar 28, 2012
LOL @ list.Aside Swahili and Hausa,the list is funnnny.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by emofine2(f): 9:47pm On Mar 28, 2012
I wonder which 10 languages in Africa are the least spoken.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by GoodGirl2: 2:45pm On Mar 29, 2012
gbogboti: Swahili is most widely spoken African language. Swahili is spoken in these countries: Tanzania 99%, Kenya 87%, Uganda 85%, Burundi 55%, Democratic Republic of the Congo 48%, Rwanda 28%, Swahili is also spoken in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan and northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands. It has more than 11 million native speakers (speak Swahili as first language) and more than 120 million secondary speakers. That makes Swahili the largest African language.
Hi Gbogboti!
Thanks for the statistics, but am not so sure about its authenticity. For instance, Swahili, apart from English, is Kenya's official language. It is spoken ALL OVER the country, so I wonder why the statistics would indicate that it's 87% widespread. 99% seems to me like the accurate figure.
With Uganda on the other hand, Swahili is seldom spoken by its citizens (apart from a few in Eastern Uganda and Southern Uganda; both regions bordering Western Kenya and North-West Tanzania respectively). Most Ugandans do not speak/understand Swahili, so 85% appears like a very inaccurate statistic to portray the magnitude of how spread Swahili is in Uganda.

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by GoodGirl2: 2:47pm On Mar 29, 2012
Nayah: coolSwahili the sweetest and most beautiful language in this continent then Lingala...

True talk! Umesema ukweli kabisa Nayah! wink

Ask pendo89 to translate that for you. tongue
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nayah(f): 4:13pm On Mar 29, 2012
wink
Good Girl:

True talk! Umesema ukweli kabisa Nayah! wink

Ask pendo89 to translate that for you. tongue
Eh my Good Girl Habari!Actually, my Tanzanian blood is coming slowly and I'm improviong a bit my swahili!!
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Afam4eva(m): 8:01pm On Mar 29, 2012
Are we talking of the languages with the most speakers or the language that are widely spoken.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Kahwayy(f): 8:01pm On Mar 30, 2012
Am also doubting the figures on Kenyan swahili speakers.... The percentage is higher than that
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Baayanjida(m): 8:16am On Apr 09, 2012
Hausa ranked first in Africa and according to Wikipedia Hausa ranked 34th in the World ( 6000 languages) most spoken languages by Native speakers.
The stastistic was based on the first language.While Swahili ranked 59th in the world.
Oromo of Ethiopia ranked second behind Hausa in Africa and 56th in the world.
Yoruba ranked 3rd,Amharic 4th,Igbo 5th,Fulani 6th,Somali 7th in Africa.
These stastistics are based on the daily most spoken languages by Native speakers,not second language speakers.

The Northern Nigeria is dominated by Hausa,and the total Population of Northern Nigerian is over 70 millions.Almost of these Northern states speak Hausa languages.

55% of total population of the republic of Niger are Native Hausa which is equal to over 8 millions to the total of 16 millions of Nigeriens are Native Hausa.Almost 90% of Nigeriens speak Hausa ,or close to over 14 millions of Niger citizen speak Hausa.

When you Go to Ghana,there are Over 5 millions Ghanains who speak Hausa either first or second language.

What about Sudan,where there are over 1 million Sudanese Hausa,who speak Hausa as first language alongside of Arabic.

Cameroon,over there are Native Hausa who are numbered little bit more over 500,000 ,and another 500,000 speak Hausa as second language.

Benin,Hausa is the first most spoken foreign language alongside of indigenous languages of Benin.

Togo has noticeble Hausa speakers,and Hausa is also using to broacast on Togolese National Radio station ( Radio Lome )

Gabon has more than 100,000 Hausa speakers.

There more than 50,000 Hausa speakers in Algeria.

Libya also has few 1000s Hausa speakers.

Cote D'Ivoire has couple 100s of 1000s Hausa speakers.

Go to Senegal,there you will see numbered Hausa speaker.


The current speakers of Hausa Language is Numbered to over 100 millions included 65 millions speak Hausa as first language ( 45 million Native speakers)


Wherearea,Swahili has 5 million to 8 millions Native speakers,and ranked 59th in the world way behind Yoruba 48th,Igbo 55th in the world 6000 languages

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nayah(f): 1:28pm On Apr 10, 2012
Baayanjida: Hausa ranked first in Africa and according to Wikipedia Hausa ranked 34th in the World ( 6000 languages) most spoken languages by Native speakers.
The stastistic was based on the first language.While Swahili ranked 59th in the world.
Oromo of Ethiopia ranked second behind Hausa in Africa and 56th in the world.
Yoruba ranked 3rd,Amharic 4th,Igbo 5th,Fulani 6th,Somali 7th in Africa.
These stastistics are based on the daily most spoken languages by Native speakers,not second language speakers.

The Northern Nigeria is dominated by Hausa,and the total Population of Northern Nigerian is over 70 millions.Almost of these Northern states speak Hausa languages.

55% of total population of the republic of Niger are Native Hausa which is equal to over 8 millions to the total of 16 millions of Nigeriens are Native Hausa.Almost 90% of Nigeriens speak Hausa ,or close to over 14 millions of Niger citizen speak Hausa.

When you Go to Ghana,there are Over 5 millions Ghanains who speak Hausa either first or second language.

What about Sudan,where there are over 1 million Sudanese Hausa,who speak Hausa as first language alongside of Arabic.

Cameroon,over there are Native Hausa who are numbered little bit more over 500,000 ,and another 500,000 speak Hausa as second language.

Benin,Hausa is the first most spoken foreign language alongside of indigenous languages of Benin.

Togo has noticeble Hausa speakers,and Hausa is also using to broacast on Togolese National Radio station ( Radio Lome )

Gabon has more than 100,000 Hausa speakers.

There more than 50,000 Hausa speakers in Algeria.

Libya also has few 1000s Hausa speakers.

Cote D'Ivoire has couple 100s of 1000s Hausa speakers.

Go to Senegal,there you will see numbered Hausa speaker.


The current speakers of Hausa Language is Numbered to over 100 millions included 65 millions speak Hausa as first language ( 45 million Native speakers)


Wherearea,Swahili has 5 million to 8 millions Native speakers,and ranked 59th in the world way behind Yoruba 48th,Igbo 55th in the world 6000 languages

Good morning, if you base your analysis on Wilkipiedia's sources you could be mistaken because references are written from "ordinary"people like you and I meanwhile we need to disociate the most spoken from the most used! MANDARIN (a chinese language among others) is more spoken than English while English is the most spreding and used language in the World. So the same for Swahili and Hausa. Sorry but Swahili hands down

PS As for Gabon there's NO hausa as tribe in this country but only immigrants.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Baayanjida(m): 6:46am On Jul 13, 2012
Nayah:

Good morning, if you base your analysis on Wilkipiedia's sources you could be mistaken because references are written from "ordinary"people like you and I meanwhile we need to disociate the most spoken from the most used! MANDARIN (a chinese language among others) is more spoken than English while English is the most spreding and used language in the World. So the same for Swahili and Hausa. Sorry but Swahili hands down

PS As for Gabon there's NO hausa as tribe in this country but only immigrants.


Well,Hausa is not a tribe but ethnic ,so don't mistake them . There are over 50,000 Hausa in Gabon ,there even Hausa in gabonaise politician.

Hausa spread in Africa before Europeans colonialist invaded Africa. Some survives til today,some lost .
Swahili is just name,but when it come to number swahili is behind Hausa .
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Zairois: 9:38pm On Jul 23, 2012
Niko DRC (ZAIROIS)Our swahili is mixture like other swahili of arabic, but also our own dialect Katangaise with french in it smiley njo vile.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by joeland(m): 12:33pm On Sep 08, 2012
Baayanjida: Hausa ranked first in Africa and according to Wikipedia Hausa ranked 34th in the World ( 6000 languages) most spoken languages by Native speakers.
The stastistic was based on the first language.While Swahili ranked 59th in the world.



Baayanjida.....you confused facts between 1st language and most widely spoken. Hausa beats Swahili as first language spoken by many people, but Swahili beats Hausa by far as more widely spoken as it has more than 80 million speakers.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by somalia1: 8:11am On Sep 09, 2012
Did you know that SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA are the only two countries that speak their ethnic language as the national language.


THE REST USE EUROPEAN LANGAUGES.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Baayanjida(m): 8:07am On Sep 13, 2012
somalia1: Did you know that SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA are the only two countries that speak their ethnic language as the national language.


THE REST USE EUROPEAN LANGAUGES.

Do you know that Somalia has two Official languages ( Somali and Arabic)?
And also English as 3rd unofficial language.?
Even Ethiopia uses English defactor,despite multiple Native languages (Amharic,Oromo...etc)as Official .

The most important are African Languages,European languages are needed only for modern sciences and technologies.
Like in Somalia,you cannot use Somali language to learn how to fly the Commercial Aircraft or militatry Jet,European languages are needed in those fields.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nobody: 4:42pm On Sep 15, 2012
gbogboti: 1) Arabic
2) Kiswahili
3) Hausa
4) English
5) Amharic
6) French
7) Oromo
8 ) Yoruba
9) Igbo
10) Zulu
Source(s): http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/9546 (<click to see the top 50)

interesting. i would love to learn some african languages. at least one from each region. smiley

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nobody: 4:43pm On Sep 15, 2012
you have got to be kidding me. smh.

#goddamnvirus! angry
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by HAH: 10:14pm On Sep 15, 2012
Do you know why BBC,VOA,DUTCH WELLÈ, radio Beijing etc all have Swahilli and Hausa service?

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Ngodigha1(m): 9:12am On Sep 16, 2012
There are no Hausa in Gabon or any Central African country. The Hausas found outside Nigeria and Niger are immigrants to those countries.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by HAH: 6:47pm On Sep 16, 2012
Ngodigha1: There are no Hausa in Gabon or any Central African country. The Hausas found outside Nigeria and Niger are immigrants to those countries.
same as the fact that french are only in france but are now spoken in about fifty countries
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nobody: 12:10am On Sep 20, 2012
HAH: Do you know why BBC,VOA,DUTCH WELLÈ, radio Beijing etc all have Swahilli and Hausa service?

interesting. smiley
when africa becomes home to many of the world powers in the future,
there is no doubt swahili will be an official language of business/trade.
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Nobody: 5:20am On Sep 22, 2012
Yoruba came before Igbo!! Yaay! grin grin grin
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by ezeagu(m): 3:09pm On Sep 22, 2012
HAH: Do you know why BBC,VOA,DUTCH WELLÈ, radio Beijing etc all have Swahilli and Hausa service?

Many that speak Hausa and listen to the radio don't understand English as well as the rest of African people.

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Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by HAH: 1:06pm On Sep 23, 2012
ezeagu:

Many that speak Hausa and listen to the radio don't understand English as well as the rest of African people.
am not talking about the listeners but for the fact that these world super power have seen the spread and acceptability of hausa and swahili as lingua francas in Africa thus having a section in their media
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by nzogbia: 10:10pm On Nov 17, 2012
Shollypopz: Yoruba came before Igbo!! Yaay! grin grin grin
So?
(i'm also yoruba)
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by LBT: 4:43am On Apr 12, 2013
One_Naira:

Oromo, Amharic, Yoruba and Igbo shouldn't even be on the list.

How did they make it in the list and Fulani and Lingala did not?
fulani what! LMAO
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Fulaman198(m): 7:39pm On Nov 16, 2013
LBT: fulani what! LMAO

Fulani language has 20 million speakers why the LMAO? It is one of the most widespread languages in west Africa
Re: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In All Of Africa by Bazil(m): 12:26am On Nov 17, 2013
wrong,hausa were recognised as an ethnic group of gabon in 2005, hausas have been in gabon since the 1890s or so and are mostly found in the nort and north east of the country. the number of hausa speackers in gabon is closer to 35000 and not 100 000 like someone suggested earlier. among the politicians some are hausa and as a manner of fact miss gabon 2001 was an hausa girl called aicha sidi. i am also pretty much sure hausas can be found in cameroon as well.
Ngodigha1: There are no Hausa in Gabon or any Central African country. The Hausas found outside Nigeria and Niger are immigrants to those countries.

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