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Of the 70 languages and dialects spoken in Zambia, seven are recognised by the government as official ‘special languages’. These include Bemba (mainly spoken in the north); Tonga (in the south); Nyanja (in the east), which is similar to Chichewa spoken in Malawi; and Lozi (in the west).

As a lingua franca, and the official, national language, English is widely spoken across Zambia.

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