Tuesday, 25 February 2014

 Despite the small population, there is great linguistic variety. Most Namibians speak Bantu languages like Oshiwambo, Rukwangali, Rumanyo, Thimbukushu,  Otjiherero, Nyemba and many other languages as their first language. Others speak Khoisan languages (Nama/Damara and various Bushman languages), while a smaller percentage are native speakers of Indo-European languages like Afrikaans and English. Afrikaans was promoted as a language of wider communication before independence and is still widely spoken in southern and central Namibia. At independence, English was chosen as the primary language for government and education because it was not associated with any particular ethnicity and could facilitate interaction with the outside world. Urban dwellers, young people, and northerners are more likely to have learned it.
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