Rwanda historically speaks French (as the official and ‘educated’ language), and Kinyarwanda which is spoken by all 10 million Rwandans plus many more who live around the world. The language is also spoken in Burundi to the south and by people groups in western Tanzania and Eastern Congo.
We will be learning Kinyarwanda, the mother tongue of Rwandans. This will be in fact the main assignment we will have for the first couple years we live in Rwanda, as we seek to minister to the majority of the country which is rural and may only know Kinyarwanda.
In a growing movement towards the East African Economy, Rwanda has recently made English an official language, and more and more widely spoken, especially in the capital city where we will live.