Bislama facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBislama
|Native speakers||6,000 (2001)
200,000 L2 speakers
|Official language in||Vanuatu|
Bislama is one of the three national languages of Vanuatu. It is a new language, made during the last two or three hundred years by mixing English with some French and some local words. The way the words are put together is like people have talked in Vanuatu for a long time -- not like English or French words are put together.
Bislama is like this:
- Stoa long haos - The store next to the house.
- Buk blong mi - My book.
- Bambae mi wantem bia - I will want beer.
Images for kids
A sign in Bislama written in boustrophedon Avoiuli script, from the island of Pentekost. The top-left reads, sab senta blong melenisian institiut blong tijim saen. filosofi. hiumaniti mo teknoloji. lisa vilij lolovini (Sap Centre of the Melanesian Institute for teaching signs, philosophy, humanity and technology, Lisaa village, Central Pentecost).
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