11th December 2019


What is the most common language spoken in Somalia?


Also, do people in Somalia speak Swahili?

We have Somalis who speak many languages. They did not speak this before the breakdown of the Somali state, but, as the refugees pass through Kenya, many of them have learned Swahili. In Somalia itself a long time ago, the educational system was in these three languages: Italian, English, and Arabic.

Where do they speak Somali?

Somali is spoken by Somalis in Somalia, Khatumo, Somaliland, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya, and by the Somali diaspora. It is also spoken as an adoptive language by a few ethnic minority groups and individuals in these areas. Somali is the second most widely spoken Cushitic language after Oromo.

Do they speak French in Somalia?

An estimated 10-11 million people speak Somali today. The official languages of Somalia are Arabic and Somali. As a result of its colonial past, many southern Somalis also speak Italian.
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