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Meet The Only 5 Luscious Languages That Connect You To Other Cultures In Africa

I bet most of us don’t have an idea how big Africa is. We’re talking about a continent as large as the U.S., India, China and the majority of Europe combined.

For us dialect fans, that implies a larger number of dialects than you can check. Africa is a veritable smorgasbord for the dialect student. Truth be told, it’s evaluated that there may be over 3,000 languages spoken in Africa!

 

We’re all comfortable with the real European dialects—Spanish, French, German, and so on.— and East Asian dialects like Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Those are commonly the most prevalent to pick.

Be that as it may, African dialects are amazing, as well. They’re valuable for travelers, professionals in the business world and anyone with interest about the world, its dialects and its societies. We ought to really all be getting a greater amount of these extraordinary dialects!

1. Arabic

Arabic is an immense dialect, fit for a colossal mainland.

On the off chance that you choose to learn Arabic, well, you’ll most likely get more value for your money than you even idea conceivable.

Arabic is a Semitic dialect, and it’s talked by 280 million local speakers around the world. To the extent Africa is concerned, Arabic is an official dialect in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Eritrea… the rundown goes on! It’s additionally generally talked in nations where it hasn’t yet been perceived as an official dialect.

However, this is not the form of Arabic that native speakers always learn as children. They learn various dialects of Arabic, unique to their regions. Some of these dialects are more mutually intelligible (speakers of different dialects can understand each other) than others, but learning, say, Moroccan or Egyptian Colloquial Arabic gets you deeply connected with a culture in a way that Modern Standard Arabic can’t.

 

 

2. Swahili

Second on our rundown is Swahili, known as KSwahili in the dialect itself.

Swahili is a Bantu language widely talked in the African Great Lakes area, which includes a gigantic swath of Central, Southern and East African. There’s also a colossal number of Swahili speakers in nations contiguous the Great Lakes locale.

With Swahili added to your repertoire, you’ll have the capacity to visit exquisite nations like Tanzania and Kenya, where Swahili is an official dialect. Swahili will likewise enable you to get around parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While it’s locally talked by 15 million individuals, there are more than 150 million speakers aggregate, and it’s a typical second dialect all through this district!

Swahili is quite appealing to many language learners due to the fact that it’s widely spoken and for its history. Kiswahili (the name of the language in Swahili) means “coastal language,” and it’s a trade language that was created to facilitate communications between a number of Southern and Eastern Africa’s wide variety of ethnic groups.

It’s also not too hard for English speakers to learn—unlike many African languages.

 

3. Hausa

Next up is this beautiful Chadic language spoken in Nigeria and Niger by a whopping 39 million people.

It’s also spoken by plenty of other people in West Africa, and in fact, Hausa serves as a lingua franca for Muslim populations in this region. It’s widely understood, so it’ll get you pretty far in West Africa!

Hausa is written in both the Arabic script and the Latin alphabet. However, the Latin alphabet, called Boko, tends to be the main script used these days among Hausa speakers.

Hausa is a tonal language, but don’t let that put you off. Each of the five vowels (a, e, i, o, u) can either have a high or low pitch. While these tones may be marked in learning materials that use Latin text, everyday writing does not use any diacritics.

 

4. Amharic

Amharic is a rich and ancient Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia.

It’s related to Arabic and Hebrew, and with 22 million native speakers it’s the second most widely spoken Semitic language after Arabic..

Amharic is also host to a growing body of Ethiopian literature. Poetry and novels are both popular, and learning Amharic will open the door to experiencing literature far different from that of the rest of the world. Once you have the basics down, try your hand at reading the most famous Amharic novel, “Fiqir Iske Meqabir” (translated into English as “Love Unto Crypt”) by Haddis Alemayehu.

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5. French

French hardly needs an introduction, since it’s no stranger to the aspiring language learner’s eye.

However, it’s less well-known that French can get you pretty far in many African countries, especially in North, West and Central Africa, where many countries were French colonies in the past. African French is spoken by 120 million people, and it can be quite different from the French you’d be exposed to in Europe and Canada.

Even if you’re familiar with Parisian or Quebec French, African French has unique features that take some getting used to. Accent and vocabulary are heavily influenced by surrounding native African languages, and the resulting dialects are rather distinct.

Each African region is home to a variety of French accents and Creoles, and some are difficult to understand from region to region. Central African French differs a lot from West African French, and so on. African countries that make up la Francophonie each have strong traditions of African-French prose, poetry and film that are as diverse as the cultures from which they come.

 

 

Many of the countries listed here have rapidly growing economies, and are increasingly present in the world stage in terms of trade and politics.

Furthermore, learning any of these languages is an opportunity to connect with a new culture and deeply experience any of the gorgeous countries in which these languages are spoken.

 

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