Learn South African Languages

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11 National Languages

Choose a language

Choose a language above to practice and learn words and phrases for: everyday greetings and conversation, your anatomy, playing a game of chess with a friend, going on a date or preparing for an interview. We have also included some basic vocabulary for days of the week, months of the year and formal letters.

Master the basics

When you master the basics of conversation you will be able to put that into practice with millions of South Africans in your city and province. Bear in mind that everyone makes mistakes while they're learning a language. Like chess, dating and job interviews, we learn from our mistakes.

Language   Population (2011)
IsiZulu 23.2% 11 587 374
IsiXhosa 16.3% 8 154 258
Afrikaans 13.7% 6 855 082
English 9.8% 4 892 623
Sepedi (Sesotho sa Leboa) 9.3% 4 618 576
Setswana 8.2% 4 067 248
Sesotho 7.7% 3 849 563
Xitsonga 4.6% 2 277 148
Siswati 2.6% 1 297 046
Tshivenḓa 2.4% 1 209 388
IsiNdebele 2.2% 1 090 223