Pidgin languages evolve out of another language (English in this case), usually to help find a common language where there are lots of different languages spoken. Tok Pisin (literally ‘Talk Pidgin’) has a large amount of English vocabulary and a grammar system which was originally a simplified version of English. It’s easy to pick up the basics and start having fun with it.§Learn Tok Pisin with uTalk
Papua New Guinea
The word for 'house' is 'haus' and plenty of words can be derived from it: haus kaikai or 'restaurant', literally 'food house', haus moni or 'bank', 'money house', haus sik or 'hospital', 'sick house', and haus dok sik or 'vet', 'sick dog house'.
'Toothpaste' is sop bilong tit - 'soap belong teeth' - and 'shampoo' is sop bilong gras - 'soap belong grass'. Yes, 'grass' means both 'grass' and 'hair'!
In a country of over 850 languages, it is the most widely spoken and one of only three official languages, the others being English and Hiri Motu.
The language is also known as Papua New Guinean pidgin.
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