SEASON 2 EPISODE 34
Mozambique is a State with a diversity of languages and Portuguese language as the lingua franca.
There are about 43 languages spoken across Mozambique where some Nationals are fluent in more than one language.
Examples of languages spoken in Mozambique;
This is a Bantu language which is the primary language spoken by the Makua tribe (largest ethnic group) found in Northern Mozambique.
This is a Bantu language spoken by the Sena tribe of Mozambique which can be found in Central Mozambique
This is the native language spoken by the Tsonga tribe of Mozambique which can also be considered to be mutual between Tswa and Ronga.
This is one of the most widely spoken Bantu language and it is common with the Shona tribe of Mozambique
This is a Bantu language that is spoken in major parts of Southern and Eastern Africa and is the official language of countries like Malawi and Zambia
Other languages spoken include Portuguese, Elomwe, Xironga.
Let’s take a look at some common phrases in Mozambican Portuguese.
Hello – Hola
Goodbye – Até logo
Good morning – Bom dia
Good afternoon – Boa tarde
Good evening – Boa noite
I am from … – Eu sou de …
Thank you – Obrigado
Excuse me – Faz favour
Friend – Amigo
How are you? – Como estas?
I am fine – Muito bem obrigado
What’s your name? – Como te chamas?
I’m English (male) – Sou Inglês / Sou Inglesa
I don’t know – Não sei
Where? – Onde?
When? – Quando
How’s it going? – Como vai
Excuse me – Quali-sensa
Written and edited by Ebenezer Oladokun