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What is Papiamento?

When you’re on vacation you want everything to be easy and relaxing. And for many, apart from resting and exploring our destination of choice, we would also like to be able to communicate with the locals.   Since English is my native language, and I also speak Spanish quite fluently, traveling through any English-speaking country, […]

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What Are Pidgin Languages?

A pidgin language is a language based on two or more languages and which has a practical and immediate purpose. It usually arises in diverse situations of contact between speakers, such as trade or slavery –where at least two groups must communicate with each other despite not sharing a common language. While there is little […]

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The story behind Haitian Creole

What is Haitian Creole? Before we answer this question, we should clarify what Creole actually is. The term comes from a Portuguese word that means “raised in the home,” and referred to Europeans that were raised in overseas colonies. Later on, it came to describe the languages that arose in the plantations that were worked […]

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French in Africa

Spanish is spoken in many countries, and while all Spanish speakers can understand each other, there are as many varieties of Spanish as nations that speak it. Something similar happens with French. While French speakers can understand each other regardless of what nation they come from, the French of France is not the same as […]

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The Languages of Africa

Official estimates state that there are 2,000 languages spoken throughout the continent of Africa, which are then broken down into these groups: * Afro-asiatic: these languages are spoken in many countries of northern, eastern and southwestern Africa. The family of Afro-asiatic languages includes approximately 240. The main ones are the Semitic family, Kushite, Berber, and […]

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