French, English, and Seychellois Creole are the official language of Seychelles. Though the people are fluent in English, day to day conversations usually happen in Seychellois Creole which is also the language spoken by the majority of the population (approximately 95%).
Creole is like a derivative formed from a parent language but has its own set of norms and enunciations. The Seychellois Creole, or Kreol, has French as its parent language and came into practice after the occupation of Seychelles by the French. Several initiatives, like establishing an institute to formulate grammatical rules and phonetics have been taken by the government to promote its use ever since. It is considered to be a mark of their culture and pride. Even the national anthem 'Koste Seselwa' has been penned in this language.
Basic Translation Guide
English to Seychellois Creole Translation
|Good morning||Bonzour (Bozooh)|
|Good night||Bonswar (Bonswaah)|
|How are you?||Komman sava? (Kommesava)|
|Thank you||Mersi (mehsi)|
|What is your name?||Ki manner ou apele?|
|My name is___||Mon apel|
|Do you speak English?||Eski ou koz Angle?|
|How much is this?||Konbyen sa?|
|I'm lost||Monn perdi|
English to French TranslationHere is your guide to the common sentences used for conversing. Since phonetics are a bit difficult for beginners, pronunciation has been given as well.
|How are you?||Comment allez-vous?|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez vous anglais? (pahrlay-vooz-angh-glay)|
|I am from..||Je viens de? (jeh-viyan-deh)|
|Good morning||Bonjour (bon-zhoor)|
|Good evening||Bonsoir (bon-swahr)|
|Excuse me||Excusez-moi (ex-kewzay mwah)|
|My name is..||Je m'appelle'...(Jhuh-ma-pell)|
|Thank you||Merci (mair-see)|
|Please||S'il vous plaît (seel vou play)|
|Help me||Aidez moi (Eh-de mwah)|
|You're welcome||De rien (doh-rehyan)|
|What time is it?||Quelle heure est-il? (Kell hyur es till)|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprends pas (zher ner kong-prahng pas)|
|Bye||Au revoir (Oh-rer-vwahr)|
You are now equipped with the common phrases in the Seychelles languages just enough to express basic and essential queries and acknowledgements too. A thorough reading of these will help you converse but keep a translator or a phrasebook handy in case you catch an unfamiliar sentence.