The Republic of Mauritius does not have an official language recognized by its constitution. The constitution states that members of parliament can use English to address the assembly but can also use French. In Mauritius, French-based Mauritian Creole is the most common languages spoken by 86.5% of the population. Apart from French and English, other languages spoken in the country are Mauritian Creole, Bhojpuri, Chinese, Hindi, Mauritian Sign Language, Telugu, Odia, Tamil, Marathi, and Urdu among others.

What Are the Linguistic Demographics?

The most widely spoken language of Mauritius is French Creole, which is used by 86.5% of the population. 5.3% of the population speak Bhojpuri. French comes third with 4.1%, while two languages are spoken by 1.4% of the population. Other languages among them English and some unspecified languages are at 2.6% and 0.1% respectively. The most common languages used on street signs are English and French.

What Are Some Common Useful Phrases?

Some popular phrases in Mauritian Creole include "Bonzur", for "hello", "ki manyèr?" for "how are you?", and "me sort.." to express where you are from.

Which Minority Languages Are Spoken?

Minority languages in Mauritius include Gujarati, Hindi, Sinhala, Plateau Malagasy, Telugu, Bengali, Chinese, Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, and Odia.

This page was last modified on March 14th, 2018