Zimbabwe has three official languages: Shona, Ndebele and English (English inherited from colonial rule). There are also several other indigenous languages of Zimbabwe such as Tonga, Nambya, Kalanga, Sotho, Venda and Xangani. About 70 percent of the population speaks Shona as their first language. All three official languages are acceptable in education and in government, but English is used for official business and serves as a common language for most Zimbabweans. As Zimbabwe is a country in southern Africa, the words and vocabulary of the native speakers resembles other African languages with exotic sound qualities and unique pronunciations. Selecting an ethnic Zimbabwean name for your baby can be exciting but also challenging. Baby Name Network is a great resource for browsing Zimbabwean and African baby names and name meanings.