Here are some useful phrases and languages are spoken in Mauritius that might be helpful for your visit to the island country:
What are the Languages of Mauritius?Mauritius is a multi-lingual country. Being very diverse, the people of Mauritius speak a variety of languages. Though there is no national language according to the constitution of Mauritius, French and English are used for official purposes.
Official Language of MauritiusFrench and English not only enjoy a greater social status but are also dominantly used in professional and educational fields.
Besides English, French, Mauritian Creole, French-based Creole, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Urdu and Mandarin are also spoken by various ethnic communities of Mauritius. All of them speak either English or French and are bilingual, if not trilingual.
1. Mauritian Creole - The Native Language of MauritiusAround 90 per cent of Mauritians speaks the Creole, which is a mixture of parent languages of French, English and few Indian and African languages. It is visible that the language is highly influenced by immigrants from China and India. Mauritian Creole is considered to be the native language of Mauritians. It is not used in formal contexts and is limited to informal conversations.
A standard script for this Creole does not exist. This language saw its origins in the late 18th century when the slaves arrived on the Island. They used a pidgin language to communicate amongst themselves and also with their French masters who could not understand the African languages. Over the generations, this pidgin developed into a language, which is now casually used by all residents despite their diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Useful Phrases in CreoleIf you walk into the villages of Boris Cheri, there is a high possibility that you come across a person who waives at you saying 'Bonzur'. Don't you worry, he just said 'Hi'. Here is a guide to the most common phrases and words that you might require when you visit Mauritius.
Phrases and Translation
|Who?||Ki sa na?|
|Please||S'il vous plait|
|I don't understand||Mo pas compran|
|Excuse me||Exkize moi|
|How are you?||Ki Many'r?|
|My name is...||Mo nom li...|
|I am from...||Me sort...|
|What's your name?||Ki ou non?|
|Looking for||Pe rod|
2. Bhojpuri - A Regional Language of MauritiusIt might be surprising to know that this North-Central Indian language is also spoken in Mauritius. 5.3% of Mauritians speak Bhojpuri. Termed as the most rapidly developing language in the world, Bhojpuri has a different dialect in Mauritius. Here is a translation guide for useful phrases and words in Bhojpuri.
|How are you?||kaa haal ba?|
|What's your name?||tohar naav kaa ha?|
|I don't understand||naikhe samajh mein aavti|
|Please speak slowly||tani aahista aahista bola|
|Please say that again||tani dubaara kaha|
|Excuse me||maaf Karin|
|Call the police||pulis ko bulaava|
3. FrenchFrench is spoken by 4.3% of Mauritians. Besides, French is also used both as an official language and as a medium in education. It is considered to be one of the principal languages of Mauritius. Mauritius shares this distinction of being a both English and French-speaking country with Canada, Cameroon and Vanuatu. Here are a few useful phrases and words in French that might come in handy.
|Please||S'il vous plait(see-voo-play)|
|Thank you||Merci( mair-see)|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprehends pas( zhue neu kompron par)|
|I don't speak||Jen ne parle pas francais( zheu neu parl par fron-say)|
|I want||Je veux (zheu veu)|
|I am||Je suis(zheu swee)|
|I am looking for||Je cherche (zheu share-sh)|
|To eat||Manger (mon-zhay)|
|Toilet/washroom||La toilette(lar twa-lette)|
|Some water||De l'eau(deu-lo)|
|A bank||Une banque(une bonk)|
|We are lost||Nous sommes perdus(noo voolon allay are)|
With this guide, it will be an easy trail for you in Mauritius. Next time, you don't have to look for a local guide to order food or ask for directions.