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A language of Namibia

ISO 639-3her

Population  206,000 in Namibia (2006). Population total all countries: 237,000.
Region  Damaraland and northwest Ovamboland territory, Kaokoveld. Also in Botswana.
Language map  Namibia, reference number 5
Alternate names   Ochiherero, Otjiherero
Dialects  Mbandieru.
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, R, Herero (R.30)
Language use  National language.
Language development  Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1987.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Erroneously called ‘Damara’. The people are ‘Ovaherero’. Traditional religion, Christian.

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Language name   Herero
Population  31,000 in Botswana (2006).
Region  Scattered in groups among ethnic groups: Northwest District, Maun, Gomare, Sehitwa, Makakung, Nokaneng, Shakawe, Nxaunxau, and western cattleposts; Central District, Mahalapye, Toromoja, Rakops, Mokoboxane, Letlhakane; Ghanzi District, Charles Hill, Ghanzi, Makunda, Dryhoek, New Kanagas, Dekar; Kgalagadi District in Tsabong, Omaweneno, Werd; Kgatleng District, Morwa.
Language map  Botswana
Alternate names  Ochiherero, Otjiherero
Language use  All ages.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Nearly 60%. Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 60% in Tswana [tsn].
Comments  Spoken by the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu peoples. Erroneously called ‘Damara’. Most came as refugees from Namibia in the early 1900s. Christian, traditional religion.