Africa is a continent rich with language diversity. There are over 3,000 languages spoken in Africa, many of which have roots to the major language families:

  • Afro-Asianic includes Arabic ancestrally native to East and North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula
  • Nilo-Saharan
  • Nilo-Congo (A) comprised of Niger-Congo’s non-Bantu branches
  • Niger-Congo (B) mainly Bantu, Niger-Congo’s largest branch
  • Khoi-San
  • Austronesian is intrusive from Southeast Asia
  • Indo-European (not shown on map) Afrikaans, native to the Southern tip of Africa, intrusive from Europe


Experience the character of different African languages through these translated proverbs: