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Languages of Fiji

Fiji has three official languages under the 1997 constitution; English, Fijian and Hindustani. Fijian is a spoken either as a first or second language by indigenous Fijians who make up around 54% of the population. Fijians ofIndian descent make up a further 37%, mainly speaking Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), whose local … Continue reading

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Nigeria counts cost of saving English

In a country of more than 250 ethnic groups, English is both a lingua franca and the official language of government and increasingly used in business and middle class homes. But it is widely believed that standards in English, as well … Continue reading

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Tok Pisin

An article about the English pidgin that is a lingua franca for the whole of Papua New Guinea. It looks at the history of Tok Pisin, its current use and attitudes to it, and its vocabulary, sounds and grammar. Read … Continue reading

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Nigeria harnesses Pidgin English power

Long considered the language of the uneducated, Nigerian Pidgin English, with its oscillating tones and playful imagery, is now spoken by Nigerians of every age, social class and regional origin. In a country with wide disparity in education provision, Pidgin operates … Continue reading

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Nigerian Pidgin

Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin and a creole language spoken as a lingua franca across Nigeria. The language is commonly referred to as “Pidgin” or “Brokin“…..Nigerian Pidgin is the native language of approximately 3 to 5 million people and is a second language for at least … Continue reading

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