Welcome to the World of African Languages!
Africa as a continent is made up of about fifty six countries each of which has several dialects and unique cultural traditions and practices. At NACOHS, we have sampled and selected several of these languages that are spoken beyond these countries for your consideration..
We invite students, professionals and others to go through our list of these widely spoken languages and register with us. Our teachers are made up of professors, instructors and native speakers who arrange to meet with their students online at a time agreeable to both of them. There is therefore that human component that makes it easier to ask and answer questions other than any recorded program.
Our language learning therefore goes beyond being able to speak and understand the language but also knowing the cultural practices and traditions of the people to appreciate everything about them generally.
You are invited to read and choose the language from the following list:.
High School Students: You would be required to select, at least, one local/native language other than your own as part of the requirements for graduation. In Ghana, do you know that there are more than 250 languages and dialects which are spoken? English is the country's official language and predominates government and business affairs. It is also the standard language used for educational instruction. Native Ghanaian languages are divided into two linguistic subfamilies of the Niger-Congo language family. Languages belonging to the Kwa subfamily are found predominantly to the south of the Volta River, while those belonging to the Gur subfamily are found predominantly to the north. The Kwa group, which is spoken by about 75% of the country's population, includes the Akan, Ga-Dangme, and Ewe languages. The Gur group includes the Gurma, Grusi, and Dagbani languages.
Nine languages have the status of government-sponsored languages: Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, and Nzema. Though not an official language, Hausa is the lingua-franca spoken among Ghana's Muslims, who comprise about 14% of the population
Akan Twi is also spoken in the neighboring countries of Cote'dvoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. To start learning Akan (Asante) Twi, please, click on this link. Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo are three popular languages spoken in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa. Wolof is spoken widely in Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania, all in West Africa.
Swahili is the Lingua Franca of several countries in East Africa. These countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi, Somalia, and the Comoro Islands. Xhosa and Zulu are two of the several languages spoken in South Africa. Fula is another language spoken in Senegal River Valley The Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon and all the way across in Sudan.
Arabic is spoken in several countries of North Africa in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and beyond into the Gulf Region.