What is the native language of South Africa?

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms In most cases, the term native language refers to the language that a person acquires in early childhood because it is spoken in the family and/or it is the language of the region where the child lives. Also known as a mother tongue, first language, or arterial language.

Is South African English native?

South African English (SAfrE, SAfrEng, SAE, en-ZA) is the set of English language dialects native to South Africans.

What’s your first language called?

A first language, native tongue, native language, or mother/father/parent tongue (also known as arterial language or L1) is a language or dialect that a person has been exposed to from birth or within the critical period.

Why it is called mother language?

• The C is a programming Language, developed by Dennis Ritchie for creating system applications that directly interact with the hardware devices such as drivers, kernels, etc. • C programming is considered as the base for other programming languages, that is why it is known as mother language.

Why do South Africans prefer English?

Research has shown that English proficiency in South Africa is linked to socio-economic advancement. Another reason for the popularity of English as a language of instruction could be the general lack of school resources and training required for educators to teach in many of the country’s African languages.

What are the 11 official languages in South Africa?

South Africa has 11 official languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Pedi, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, and Southern Ndebele (in order of first language speakers). In this regard it is fourth only to Bolivia, India, and Zimbabwe in number. While all the languages are formally equal, some languages are spoken more than others.

What language is primarily spoken in South Africa?

– Ndebele: 1.1 million – Northern Sotho: 4.6 million – Southern Sotho: 3.9 million – Swati: 1.3 million – Tsonga: 2.3 million – Tswana: 4.1 million – Venda: 1.2 million – Xhosa: 8.2 million – Zulu: 11.6 million

What is the most popular language in South Africa?

This is the most popular language in SA,with 30 – 32% of black citizens using it holistically.

  • Only 0.5% of white citizens use this language.
  • More than 25% of the population classes isiZulu as a first language.
  • Do most people in South Africa speak English?

    No – by no means everyone. English is one of South Africa’s 11 national languages. In fact more people speak Afrikaans as their home language in SA. However, English is aspired to as the main language of commerce – and in many ways, culture and internationalism.