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What languages do they speak in Zambia?

What languages do they speak in Zambia?

The official language of Zambia is English. English serves as the language of government, commerce, and education. However, Zambia is a linguistically diverse country, and there are also several major indigenous languages spoken by different ethnic groups. Some of the prominent local languages in Zambia include:

  1. Bemba: Spoken by the Bemba people in the northern and central parts of the country. It is one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages in Zambia.
  2. Nyanja: Also known as Chewa, it is spoken by the Chewa people and is widely understood and spoken in the urban areas of Zambia.
  3. Tonga: Spoken by the Tonga people, primarily in the Southern Province of Zambia.
  4. Lozi: Spoken by the Lozi people, particularly in the Western Province of Zambia.
  5. Lunda: Spoken by the Lunda people in the Northwestern Province.
  6. Luvale: Spoken by the Luvale people in the western part of Zambia.
  7. Kaonde: Spoken by the Kaonde people in the Northwestern Province.

These are just a few examples of the many languages spoken in Zambia. It’s important to note that while English is widely understood, especially in urban areas and among educated individuals, knowing a few basic phrases in the local language can be helpful and appreciated when interacting with local communities.

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