What percentage of Malawi speaks English?

What percentage of Malawi speaks English?


English status Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Languages Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6%
Linguistic diversity index 0.519 84th out of 200
Major language(s) English, Chichewa (both official)

What is the most common language spoken in Malawi?

Malawi/Official languages

Why is English spoken?

The first, and most obvious reason that English became widespread in the first place is because of the British Empire. So English then became an elitist language of sorts, spoken by those who were educated in literature, philosophy and poetry, much like French was back when it was the most widely spoken language.

Which is the official language spoken in Malawi?

Malawian English is the English language as spoken in Malawi. English is the country’s official language.

When did the English first come to Malawi?

English was introduced into Malawi towards the end of the 19th century, due to the influence of British explorers, missionaries, the arrival of the African Lakes Corporation, and colonial administrators present since the establishment in the 1890s of the British Central Africa Protectorate.

How is English the language of Commerce in Malawi?

English remains the language of commerce in the country. This remains true despite a large majority of Malawians speaking Chichewa and the small number of English speakers outside urban centres. Also, in Malawian government schools, students are taught in Chichewa, and learn English as a second language from about age 10.

Do you learn Chichewa or English in Malawi?

But in international schools in Malawi (like Saint Andrew’s International High School in Blantyre) which follow the British curriculum, English is the language students are taught in, and do not learn Chichewa at all, as it is regarded as a local language.

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