Windhoek - Post Report Question and Answers

How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

English is one of the official languages. There are tutors for Oshiwambo (49% of population) and Afrikaans. - Jan 2021

You don't need to know the local language. Almost everyone speaks English, as it is the official language. People here speak Afrikaans, German and tribal languages as well as English. - Jan 2016

None. English is an official language. - Jun 2015

Namibia is an English-language country, so most people speak English as one of their several languages. But Afrikaans is what you'll hear most often on the streets. We only speak English and get around fine. - May 2013

Most people speak English. We haven't had much trouble but Afrikaans or one of the primary tribal languages would probably be helpful. German won't get you very far. - Jan 2013

English is the official language of Namibia and most people in Windhoek know at least some English. Outside the bigger cities, you won't find that as much. German, Afrikaans, and local languages are all spoken. Most Namibians speak several languages. - Jul 2012

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