Some of the languages spoken in Zimbabwe and their populations are:
- Kalanga (kck) – 850,000
- Ndau (ndc) – 2.4 million
- Northern Ndebele (nde) -1.6 million
- Shona (sna) – 10.8 million
- Tonga (toi) – 1.1 million
But as children, particularly those in urban areas, strive to learn English and have their attention on iPhones and video games, they are forgetting their native tongues.
In “Zimbabwe: Killing Our Languages Slowly,” Sekai Nzenza laments about the situation even while recognizing the importance of communicating in English. She recalls sitting around the fire, listening to stories about her people. She also recounts that her schoolbook had some of those stories, but also had stories that taught the children to be embarrassed of their language and culture.