Sierra Leone

Talk

English is the official language, but regular use is limited to the literate minority (although most understand and can communicate in English). Krio, an English-based creole, serves as the country’s lingua franca and is a first language for the Creoles (minority of descendants of ex-slaves from the Americas and United Kingdom), but it is understood by 95% of the population of the country.

In the provinces, Mende is the principal vernacular in the south and Temne is the principal vernacular in the north; Krio use is mostly limited to provincial cities. (source: Wikitravel)

 

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