Language Stats: compare key data on South Africa & United States


STAT South Africa United States
English status The main means of communication in urban areas. Many second generation people from <a href=/country/in>India</a>, <a href=/country/po>Portugal</a>, <a href=/country/gm>Germany</a>, and <a href=/country/gr>Greece</a> speak <a href=/encyclopedia/England>English</a> as first <a href=/cat/Language>language</a>. Official <a href=/cat/Language>language</a>. Bible 1382-1989. There are many regional dialects. Official <a href=/cat/Language>language</a>. Bible 1382-1989.
Languages IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7%; <i>note:</i> Hawaiian is an official language in the state of Hawaii
Linguistic diversity index 0.869
Ranked 20th. 2 times more than United States
Ranked 114th.
Major language(s) 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu English


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