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Official Languages of South Africa

South Africa's democratic constitution recognises 11 official languages. Can you name all 11?
% = Percent who speak as a first language
Quiz by ChanelNo5
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Last updated: August 9, 2016
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First submittedJune 27, 2012
Times taken22,647
Average score45.5%
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Language
22.7%
Zulu
16.0%
Xhosa
13.5%
Afrikaans
9.6%
English
9.1%
Northern Sotho
8.0%
Tswana
%
Language
7.6%
Sesotho
4.5%
Tsonga
2.5%
Swazi
2.4%
Venda
2.1%
Ndebele
21 Comments
+4
Level 71
May 27, 2012
You misspelled Setswana. Also, please accept Swazi for siSwati and Ndebele for isiNdebele.
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Level 14
Jun 27, 2012
How embarrassing!! Thanks :) I've made all the changes :)
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Level 71
Sep 19, 2016
Thanks!
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Level 50
Oct 6, 2020
replaying after 4 years continued, lol
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Level 33
May 2, 2024
and now I see this comment four years later
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Level 55
Mar 31, 2014
8/11 not bad...
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2015
boo-ya, I'm a Zimbabwean and I got 100% I thought of doing making a similar quiz, glad I checked if there was one before I started. Mine would not have been as cool.
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2016
Kaffir Boy, the book, mentioned 5 of these languages that I can remember…check it out, good book.
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2016
6/11

English and Afrikaans - both easy

Zulu is pretty well known, so also easy

I got Sesotho and Swazi, just because of Lesotho and Swaziland.

I managed Xhosa, because I once met a white South African who could speak some, and I remember how crazy it sounded with all the clicking.

The rest I have never heard of.

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Level 80
Sep 19, 2016
I got 9 out of 11. Not really brag worthy though. I am a white south african. I do know all the click sounds though
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Level 86
Jan 7, 2019
Forgot Afrikaans *facepalm*
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Level 82
Jul 20, 2019
Got 8. Missed the 3 least-guessed.
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Level 90
Jul 20, 2019
Missed the French tennis player.
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Level 69
Jul 20, 2019
Tried sotho, didn't get it...hadnt known I had to write northern too
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Level 44
Jul 20, 2019
Great idea for a quiz! I unfortunately only got the 4 most guessed answers, but I was pleased to see that I recognized all but one of the other answers. Doesn't mean I ever would have remembered them on the quiz, but at least I've heard of them.
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Level 37
Jul 21, 2019
I listened to South Africa's national anthem before, which has 5 languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English). I guessed Swazi when typing in Swaziland. Missed the other 5.
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Level 66
Jun 11, 2020
I missed English ffs😭
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Level 43
Nov 5, 2020
I only missed Ndebele and Venda. *facepalm*
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Level 88
Jan 10, 2022
Missed english *facepalm*
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Level 65
Jun 21, 2023
As of May 2023, South African Sign Language is the twelfth official language of the country. Perhaps add this as a caveat?

https://www.parliament.gov.za/press-releases/na-approves-south-african-sign-language-12th-official-language

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Level 72
Dec 1, 2023
Can you accept Southern Ndebele for Ndebele? That's how it's listed in the Official Languages of the World quiz.