Languages There are close to 3000 different languages in
Africa. The language that is spoken by the most people is
Arabic, which is concentrated in North Africa. The second
biggest language is Swahili which has more than 20 million
speakers along the East African coast.
The languages of Africa are quite diverse and numerous. Some
of these languages date back to ancient times, languages such
as Ge'ez in Ethiopia and the language of the Ancient Egyptians.
The languages of Africa have a considerable amount of influence
from neighbouring countries and peoples. Examples of this
is Malagasy spoken in Madagascar and Swahili spoken on the
east african coast. Categorizing the languages of Africa has
proved difficult but the divisions today are widely accepted.
The four main indigenous language groups of Africa are Niger-Kordofinian,
Nilo-Saharan, Khoisan and Afro-Asiatic.