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The Languages spoken in Namibia

The language in Namibia consists of around 30 different languages. A regular tourist would know how to speak English, being the universal language and all, it is also the official language of the country; however, there is only a small percentage of the population who use English as their language. The majority of the Namibians speak Afrikaans. The language is the language of most South African countries. Despite the skin color difference in the population, both speak Afrikaans.

Since Namibia was colonized by the Germans, they were able to instill in the natives of Namibia their culture, tradition and language. The colonial rule of Germany influenced the Namibians greatly to the point of influencing them to speak German. Around 32 percent of the population speaks it. That percentage shows that Germany was able to inculcate their ways and be a huge influence to Namibians. This also means that if you speak German, you will more likely have an easier time conversing with the locals.

Aside from the German and Afrikaans language and dialects, there is also Ovambo. Ovambo is a language that is spoken in both Angola and Namibia. The language is spoken by farmers and others who practice cattle breeding. The language used to be spoken mainly in Owamboland, which used to be part of Namibia before the independence. The displacement of the population caused the widespread use of the language.

Herrero is also used by natives of Windhoek. If you are fortunate enough to know this language, then interacting with its people will have you wanting for more Namibia.  


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