English is one of the official languages of Malawi and is widely spoken in urban areas. The other official language is [[Nyanja phrasebook|Chichewa]] , which is taught in the school and is understood by most Malawians, and the first language of the majority of the population. [[Tumbuka phrasebook|Tumbuka]] is the first language for many people in the north of the country. Chiyao is spoken by the Yao people who live mostly in the Southern District of the country. A multi-cultural country, Malawi has over a dozen indigenous ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language.