Learn Wolof (Senegalese)

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About Wolof (Senegalese)

The Wolof people make up only about 40% of the Senegalese population, but at least 80% of the country speaks Wolof as either a first or second language. Technically, the official language is French, but Wolof is commonly used as a lingua franca in a country of 36 languages. Wolof is also spoken in The Gambia, where it borrows heavily from English - in contrast, Senegalese Wolof is influenced more by French. uTalk teaches Senegalese Wolof.

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Fun facts — Wolof

  • Watch out for the numbering system, which is based on 5s and 10s, so 16 is 'ten and five-one', and 17 is 'ten and five-two'.
  • 'One hand cannot clap' - benn loxo du tàcu - is a Wolof proverb meaning that people who share a common interest need to work together to achieve a common goal.
  • The word 'banana' comes from Wolof.

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