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African Languages You Might Not be Aware of

African Languages You Might Not be Aware of

The most common languages in the African continent are French and English, being official or co-official languages in 41 countries. Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili are also very widespread.

Related article: Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World.

But we’d like to talk about these other African languages “not-so-well-known”, but which have some demand in the voiceover market. It is not easy to find native speakers in these African languages, but there are some.

We present you: African languages you might not be aware of.


It is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia and also in Botswana and Zimbabwe, but in these last two countries to a lesser extent. It is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as “Cape Dutch” or “kitchen Dutch”

Listen to our Afrikaans demo here.


One of the two main languages of Ethiopia. Amharic is an Afro-asiatic language of the Southwest semitic group and is related to Ge’ez or Ethiopic. It is written left-to-right, it has 33 basic characters, each of which has seven forms depending on which vowel is to be pronounced in the syllable.

Listen to our Amharic demos here.


It is the 7th most spoken language in India. Native language of the Indianstate of Gujarat, it is official language in the state of Gujarat, as well as an official language in the union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Listen to our Gujarati demos here.


It is a Bantu language spoken by about 4.4 million people in Bostwana, where it is the national and majority language. It is also one of the official languages spoken in South Africa and there are also small groups whom speak it in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Listen to our Setswana demos here.


It is mainly spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa. In Eritrea, it is a working language in offices along with Arabic. There are 32 letters in the Tigrinya alphabet and it is written from left to right.

Listen to our Tigrinya demos here.

These five African languages are only a few of all the languages available on Dani Voice Overs (DVO). If you want to check out our more than 2.000 voice over talents in over 90 languages, click here and start working with us.

Related article: Asian Languages You Might Not be Aware of.

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