Category Archives: English in Cameroon

Krio

Krio is an English-based creole spoken mainly in Sierra Leone in West Africa. The name is proposed to be derived from Yoruba a kiri yo (we go-about-aimlessly full/satisfied) meaning “Those who habitually go about paying visits after church service”, as … Continue reading

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Cameroon: English speakers dream of “le divorce”

“The Francophones have all the strategic government jobs…and they consider the Anglophones to be stateless,” says Richard Mandessi, who teaches English at a secondary school in Mendong, a suburb of the capital, Yaounde. “I think it’s important for the Anglophone provinces … Continue reading

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Cameroon: English speakers dream of “le divorce”

  According to government statistics, English is the first language for 20 percent of Cameroon’s 16.7 million people. These persons form a majority in the present day South-West and North-West Provinces.   “The text of the federal constitution, which was … Continue reading

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Kamtok(CAmeroon Pidgin)

Kamtok is the pidginised English of Cameroon. This English-related language has been a lingua franca in the country since at least the 1880s. The 35-year period since 1966 has seen dramatic changes in the attitude of speakers towards the language. … Continue reading

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Languages of Cameroon

Cameroon is home to 230 languages. These include 55 Afro-Asiatic languages, two Nilo-Saharan languages, and 173Niger–Congo languages. This latter group is divided into one West Atlantic language (Fulfulde), 32 Adamawa-Ubangui languages, and 142 Benue–Congo languages (130 of which are Bantu languages). English and French are official languages, a heritage of Cameroon’s colonial past as both … Continue reading

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Cameroonian Pidgin English

Cameroonian Pidgin English, or Cameroonian Creole, is a linguistic entity of Cameroon. It is also known as Kamtok (from ‘Cameroon-talk’). Five varieties are currently recognised: Grafi Kamtok, the variety used in the grassfields and often referred to as ‘Grafi Talk’ liturgical Kamtok. This variety … Continue reading

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Camfranglais

Camfranglais, Frananglais, or Franglais (portemanteau between French terms camerounais, français and anglais) is a language from Cameroon, consisting of a mixture ofFrench, English , the creole language Cameroonian Pidgin English and several words borrowed from many dialects spoken in Cameroon. The language blend is common among young people in the country, and rivals creole as the country’s … Continue reading

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