The major indigenous Zambian languages spoken are: Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Kaonde and Luvale. In fact, about 90 percent of Zambians belong to these groups. There are also other indigenous language groups such as Lamba, Ila, Mambwe, Namwanga, Tumbuka, Aushi, Lenje, Lala and so many others!
What are the 73 languages in Zambia?
These languages are common in urban areas, which feature additional local languages as well: Lozi, Tonga, Kaonde, Luvale, and Lunda. Zambia’s total number of languages spoken is 73. Nyanja is also commonly called Chewa, Chichewa, and Chinyanja. Bemba is also commonly called ChiBemba, Cibemba, Ichibemba, and Chiwemba.
What are the main languages spoken in Zambia?
Numerous languages or dialects have been identified in Zambia. There are seven official vernacular languages: Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Luvale, Lunda, and Kaonde, the latter three being languages of North-Western Province. English is the official language of government and is used for education, commerce, and law.
Is English the first language in Zambia?
English is the first language of only 2% of Zambians but is the most commonly used second language.
Does Zambia have Swahili?
Swahili has official language status in Tanzania and Kenya and is also widely spoken in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros Islands. It’s also spoken by smaller numbers in Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
What language does Tonga speak?