In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Central African Republic

The biggest languages present in Central African Republic include:

  • French – 1.40 million speakers;
  • Sango – 4.44 million speakers;

The same 2 languages serve as the official languages of the country.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


French belongs to the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. It is one of the official languages of Central African Republic, alongside 2 other.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major French-speaking populations in more than 40 countries of the world. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Cameroon
  • Vietnam
  • Madagascar
  • North Macedonia
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Dominica
  • Tunisia
  • Gabon
  • Congo

Less than 50% of the population speaks French on a daily basis, but the number of speakers is still significant for the country – around 1.40 million.


The French alphabet is used for writing the French language. Being a subset of the Latin script, it uses some non-standard characters like à, â, æ, ç, overall 16 symbols.

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