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Old 02-01-2015, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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But Europeans e.g. Whites are not of African origin...
It would be helpful if the OP would clarify his question. There are indeed modern whites who are native born Africans. I think OP was referring to people who do not live in countries where native African languages are commonly spoken.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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But Europeans e.g. Whites are not of African origin...
But it's not clear what the OP means by "origin." Origin may refer to place of birth or to deeper ancestral ties to a region. I'd tend to agree with you, but understand that the term can be interpreted in various ways.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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The OP does not use the word "origin". It asks if anyone from continents other than Africa speaks an African language.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:26 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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It would be helpful if the OP would clarify his question. There are indeed modern whites who are native born Africans. I think OP was referring to people who do not live in countries where native African languages are commonly spoken.
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But it's not clear what the OP means by "origin." Origin may refer to place of birth or to deeper ancestral ties to a region. I'd tend to agree with you, but understand that the term can be interpreted in various ways.
I guess so.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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White South Africans are NOT native to the African continent though.

Are you by now not native to Europe? Be careful of double standards.

Should white South Africans have a right to erect obstacles to restrict the upward mobility of non whites? No.

But aren't they by now not native to South Africa, in the same way that European born non whites are? Yes.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1aPBazfjo

This is a video of a white American (who has no ties from Africa) speaking Yoruba (an African tribal language).
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Semetic languages, which include Arabic and Hebrew, are deeply nested within the Afro-Asiatic language family. Consensus among linguists (given all the other branches are African) is the family had its origin somewhere in East or possibly North Africa.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:58 PM
 
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Are you by now not native to Europe? Be careful of double standards.

Should white South Africans have a right to erect obstacles to restrict the upward mobility of non whites? No.

But aren't they by now not native to South Africa, in the same way that European born non whites are? Yes.
It's always going to be an endless debate I reckon. At what number of generations would this change? For instance my family have been here for over 6 generations.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1aPBazfjo

This is a video of a white American (who has no ties from Africa) speaking Yoruba (an African tribal language).
Does he have a hidden plan to take over the land after being accepted like Cecil Rhodes did before him in the Southern Africa? Just joking !
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I used to speak some Bamanankan, which is a common language in the interior of West Africa. I learned it at the university, just for fun basically because they offered the course. I would have preferred Yoruba, but there was hardly any choice of African languages being taught at European universities. I assume it is still that way today. Anyway, I have forgotten almost all of it by now, since I have never used it since that language course decades ago, there is just nobody to speak it with.

I liked the sound of the language, and how wonderfully non-European it was. It was so different from everything I knew, even the number system was quite different. So when you are confronted with such a language, you feel like a baby, hopelessly dependent on imitating the teacher.
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