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Learn Hausa

If you're travelling to Nigeria, you may want to learn the relevant language: Yoruba to the West, Igbo to the South, or Hausa to the North. There are actually over 500 languages in Nigeria but these three major ones should get you around. All these languages use the Latin alphabet. With about 35 million native speakers, Hausa is a Chadic language with a lot of Arabic influence.§

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Where Is It Spoken?

Nigeria

Niger

Chad

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Number Of Speakers

45,000,000

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Language Family

Chadic

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Fun facts about Hausa

There is no word meaning 'to have' so the closest equivalent to 'I have money' is 'I (am) with money'.

Hausa verbs do not change to show tense but pronouns - I, you, he, she, it etc. - do! 'Shiga' means 'to enter'. 'They entered' is 'sun shiga' but 'they are entering' is 'suna shiga'. The part meaning 'enter' stays the same but 'they' changes form to show when the action is occurring.§

When asking for a person’s name, Hausa speakers ask 'yaya sunanka?' or 'how is your name?'

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