Burkina Faso Languages

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Burkina Faso is a multilingual country. An estimated 70 languages are spoken there, of which about 66 are indigenous. French is the official language. English is very rarely spoken.
French

  • It was introduced when France colonized Burkina Faso in 1919
  • French is the principal language of administrative, political and judicial institutions, public services, and the press
  • French is the language of instruction in the nation's schools
  • Fewer than 15% of the population uses French on a day-to-day basis
  • Despite this low percentage, there is a high amount of support in keeping French as the language of instruction
  • French is one of 13 languages used on the radio

Mossi or Móorè

  • Mossi is spoken by about 52.5% of the population
  • It is spoken mainly in the central region around the capital

Mande languages

  • Dyula, Bobo, Samo, and Marka are spoken in the west. Dyula (Dioula or Jula) is widely used as a trading language.

Fulfulde or Fula

  • It is widely spoken in the north and east of the country as a first language

Gourmanché

  • It is spoken in the east

Bissa

  • Bissa is spoken in the south [1]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

French

Mossi or Móorè

Dyula (Dioula or Jula)

Fulfulde or Fula'

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

French

Mossi or Móorè

Dyula (Dioula or Jula)

Fulfulde or Fula

Bissa

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

French

Mossi or Móorè

Dyula (Dioula or Jula)

Fulfulde or Fula

Gourmanché

Bissa

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Burkina Faso," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Burkina_Faso, accessed 5 April 2021.