Languages

Language monument in PaarlSouth Africa has 11 official languages : Afrikaans, English, IsiNdebele, IsXhosa, IsiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.  English is the most commonly spoken language and is the language of business, politics and media.

Other languages spoken here and mentioned in the Constitution are the Khoi, Nama and San languages, sign language, Arabic, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu. There are also a few creole and pidgin languages.

Afrikaans is the third most common language in South Africa. Most Afrikaans speakers (41.8%) live in the Western Cape, where it is the language of more than half of the provincial population.

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Taal (Language) Monument in Paarl