English is Zambia’s official language and the language most often used in schools, on the radio, in government offices, and so on, thanks to its previous colonial position. However, there are over 70 Bantu languages spoken throughout Zambia, with the most important being Bemba, which is spoken in Lusaka(a little), the Copperbelt, and the north; Nyanja (Chewa), which is spoken in the east as well as in Lusaka, where it is the main language; Tonga, which is spoken in the south and Livingstone; Lozi, which is spoken primarily in Western province; and Lunda and Kaonde, which are spoken in Northwester
Many urban Zambians will be able to communicate in English. Expect communication to become increasingly difficult as you go into rural regions. Nonetheless, don’t be shocked if you come across a Zambian in the countryside who speaks perfect English.
When conversing with Zambians, the most essential thing to remember is to welcome them. Even if you don’t care, always start by asking, “How are you?” while approaching a Zambian. They will hold you in high regard. Sport, particularly football (soccer), is a popular subject among males; religion is popular among both genders.
It is a good idea to understand the local manner of exchanging pleasantries, asking for something respectfully, and thanking someone wherever you are in the nation. These easy-to-remember words will make your life simpler.
The use of Afrikaans is increasing slowly but steadily, owing to immigration from South Africa and the ease with which it may be learned.