10 Most Commonly Spoken Bantu Languages

Written by Keren Mikva

More than 240 million people speak Bantu languages across Central, East, and Southern Africa but the exact number of languages differs according to who’s counting. More than 250 Bantu languages exist by the criterion of mutual intelligibility, though some accounts list 535 distinct languages. Here are the 10 most commonly spoken Bantu languages.

Sources: Wikipedia.org, Ethnologue.com, Britannica.com, LMP.UCLA.com, InfoPlease.com, NationsOnline.org, Acalan.org, Princeton.edu.

This is an updated version of an AFKInsider article that was published April 15, 2014.