Namibia

Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari desert. Its people speak nine different languages, including some of the Khoisan languages which include the ‘clicks’ that present an enigma to most native English-speakers. Namibia produces some of the world’s highest quality diamonds.

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Major Indigenous languages include Oshiwambo, Herrero, Nama, Damara, various San languages,and Silozi.

English is the official language and is widely spoken. However, the majority of older Namibians (those educated before independence) only speak English as a third language; therefore, the standard is fairly poor. English is more widely spoken in the North, as it was adopted as a medium of instruction earlier than in the South. Older Nambibians in the South are more likely to speak Afrikaans or German.

Afrikaans is spoken by many, and is the first language of the Coloureds as well as the Afrikaners. English is spoken as a first language by the remaining English families, and German is spoken by the Namibians of German descent, who tend to be in Windhoek, Swakopmund and various farms scattered through the country. German is one of the leading commercial languages as well. Portuguese is spoken by the immigrants from Angola. (source: Wikitravel)

 

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