One of the reasons for the continent’s rich linguistic diversity is simply down to time – people in Africa have had more time to develop languages than peoples elsewhere in the world. But the development of Africa’s languages is also due to cultural and political factors.
What is the reason why there are many languages and history in Africa?
Humanity’s African origins has not only led to high genetic diversity on the continent, but it has also helped spur other kinds of variation as well. “There’s just been a lot of time for cultural diversity, linguistic diversity, genetic diversity to accumulate in Africa,” Tishkoff says.
Why is Africa so diverse?
It’s so diverse because Africa is really, really big — about as big as the combined landmasses of China, the United States, India, Japan and much of Europe. According to studies that screen DNA markers in different populations, the African continent has the highest level of genetic diversity in the world.
Which language is spoken most in world?
English is the largest language in the world, if you count both native and non-native speakers. If you count only native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the largest. Mandarin Chinese is the largest language in the world when counting only first language (native) speakers.
What is the official language of Africa?
The Union has defined all languages of Africa as official, and currently uses Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili.
What is the most useful African language to learn?
Arguably, the most useful, indigenous African languages for Americans to learn are Yoruba (primarily spoken in Nigeria), Xhosa (South Africa), Swahili (Kenya, Tanzania, and much of East Africa), and Amharic (mainly Ethiopia).
Is Swahili hard to learn?
How hard is it to learn? Swahili is said to be the easiest African language for an English speaker to learn. It’s one of the few sub-Saharan African languages that have no lexical tone, just like in English. It’s also much easier to read as you read out Swahili words just the way they are written.