Learn Wolof

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 but here it borrows heavily from English, whereas in Senegal it is influenced more by French. uTalk teaches Senegalese Wolof.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Senegal

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Senegambian

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Fun facts about 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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