Vanuatu is a group of islands lying in the South-Pacific ocean, approximately one-quarter of the distance from Australia to Hawaii. To view a map of Vanuatu, click on this link to WorldAtlas.com.
Vanuatu’s official languages are Bislama, English and French. There are 106 ‘mother tongues’ in common use – the world’s highest concentration of different languages per head of population; a different language for every 2,000 people! English is widely spoken, and most people speak some Bislama. Business communication is conducted in English, French or Bislama – more often in all three languages simultaneously resulting in some interesting board meetings!
Bislama is a form of pidgin practised as the ‘linking’ language for all Vanuatu indigenous people. It is a mixture of phonetic English woven in a loose French sentence structure spoken with ‘local sound’ producing some comical outcomes e.g., ladies brassieres or bathing top is called "Basket blong titi"; no offense intended. An excellent Bislama dictionary is available from good book shops: ‘A New Bislama Dictionary,’ by the late Terry Crowley.
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