thumbnail

Top Bantu Languages

Bantu language family is a branch of the Niger-Congo languages spoken mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Name the languages of that family with the most native speakers throughout Africa.
According to Wikipedia's Bantu languages page
Quiz by Aaron197
Rate:
Last updated: January 30, 2020
You have not attempted this quiz yet.
First submittedMarch 17, 2019
Times taken323
Average score50.0%
Rating4.33
Report this quizReport
4:00
Enter language name here
0
 / 14 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
#
Language
120 mil.
Swahili
12.0 mil.
Shona
11.7 mil.
Kinyarwanda
11.0 mil.
Zulu
9.0 mil.
Kirundi
8.0 mil.
Xhosa
7.5 mil.
Ganda
#
Language
7.0 mil.
Chewa
7.0 mil.
Kikuyu
6.5 mil.
Western Luba
5.6 mil.
Tswana
5.5 mil.
Sukuma
5.4 mil.
Luhya
5.3 mil.
Tsonga
+3
Level 70
Oct 16, 2022
No Lingala?
+2
Level 72
Jan 5, 2024
The numbers on this don’t bear any resemblance to the numbers given on your source page. It says on that page that Swahili has 12 million native speakers (some would argue it’s not actually a Bantu language because it is a blend of Bantu, Arabic and Portuguese, with about 40% of its vocabulary being taken from Arabic).

There are 25:-30 million L1 Lingala speakers and at least 5.6 million Sesotho speakers (not including speakers of Northern Sotho). Your figure for Tsonga also looks to be about 2 million too many, while your figure of Luhya is nearly 10 million to low.