What is the most common first language spoken in South Africa?

The most common language spoken as a first language by South Africans is Zulu (23 percent), followed by Xhosa (16 percent), and Afrikaans (14 percent). English is the fourth most common first language in the country (9.6%), but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.

Is Zulu or Xhosa more widely spoken?

According to census data from 2011, Zulu is the most widely spoken language in the country with 11.6 million speakers. This is followed by Xhosa with 8.15 million speakers, and Afrikaans, with 6.85 million speakers.

How do you greet someone in Zulu?

Greetings Hello! (to one person) Sawubona! Hello! (to more than one person) Sanibonani!

What is the hardest language to learn?

The Hardest Languages To Learn For English Speakers

  1. Mandarin Chinese. Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. …
  2. Arabic. …
  3. Polish. …
  4. Russian. …
  5. Turkish. …
  6. Danish.
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