Learn Pidgin (Nigerian)

Nigerian Pidgin is spoken as a lingua franca in Nigeria, a country of over 500 languages. It is an English pidgin whose vocabulary has been influenced by Portuguese and local Nigerian languages - these influences may vary depending on the region of Nigeria, as different languages predominate in different parts. Although the language was once looked down on as not being a prestige dialect, it is now spoken by all Nigerians alike and is the only unifying language of Nigeria. Nonetheless, it has no official status.

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Nigeria

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Fun facts about Pidgin (Nigerian)

There are over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria, but Pidgin is spoken as a lingua franca across the country, where it is recognised as an official language.

Pidgin is also known as Broken English or just ‘Broken’.

'Please' in Nigerian Pidgin is 'abeg', from the English 'I beg'.

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