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Chad has two official languages, French and Modern Standard Arabic, and over 120 indigenous languages. A vernacular version of Arabic, Chadian Arabic, is a lingua franca and the language of commerce, spoken by 40-60% of the population. The two official languages have fewer speakers than Chadian Arabic. Standard Arabic is spoken by around 615,000 speakers. French is widely spoken in the main cities such as N'Djamena and by most men in the south of the country. Most schooling is in French. [1] Education in Chad is challenging due to the nation's dispersed population and a certain degree of reluctance on the part of parents to send their children to school. Although attendance is compulsory, only 68% of boys continue their education past primary school, and over half of the population is illiterate. Higher education is provided at the University of N'Djamena. [2]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

French

Modern Standard Arabic

Chadian Arabic

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

French

Modern Standard Arabic

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

French

Modern Standard Arabic

Chadian Arabic

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Chad," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Chad, accessed 6 April 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Education in Chad," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Chad, accessed 7 April 2021.