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Languages of Cape Verde

Portuguese is Cape Verde's official language, and the language of instruction in official schools. However, the Capeverdean Crioulo languages are also widely spoken. These are a range of Portuguese-based creole languages, which vary considerably from island to island.

There is a substantial body of literature in these languages, especially in the Crioulo of Santiago (bádiu) and the Crioulo of São Vicente (criol di de Soncente). The Crioulo languages have been gaining prestige since the nation's independence from Portugal, and there is a movement to make the variant of Santiago the official language of the country.

However, the substantial differences between the languages spoken in different islands, each with its traditional spelling system, has been a major obstacle in the way of this move. Some people have advocated the development of two unformized official languages: a North (Barlavento) standard, centered on the Crioulo of San Vicente, and a South (Sotavento) standard, centered on that of Santiago.

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When visiting Cape Verde it really is a great thing to speak Portuguese even if it is just a few phrases as it would enable you to get by much easier. In time more and more Cape Verdeans will speak english and other languages.

Please learn the phrases below that we provide.



Hello
Olá
Hi
Oi
Good morning
Bom dia
Good day
Bom dia
How are you
Como estás
Thankyou
Obrigado
Please
Por favor
Bye
Adeus
Afternoon
Tarde
Evening
Noite
What is the time
Que horas são
Water
Água
Restaurant
Restaurante
Hotel
Hotel
Yes
Sim
No
Não
   
One
Um
Two
Dois
Three
Três
Four
Quatro
Five
Cinco
Six
Seis
Seven
Sete
Eight
Oito
Nine
Nove
Ten
Dez
   
In shops and restuarants
How much is
Quanto é
Can I order (one)
Posso encomendar (uma)
Can I have the bill please
Posso ter a conta por favor
   
Finding places  
Where is the
onde é a
Restaurante
onde é a restaurante
Beach
onde é o mar
Sea
onde é a mar
Toilet
onde é a casa de banho
Doctors
onde é o médico
Food shop
onde é a loja de comida
Bar
onde é o bar
Hospital
onde é o hospital
Pharmacy
onde é a farmácia



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Cape Verde Facts


Capital - Praia
Official Language - Portuguese
Area - 4,033km²
Population - 507,000
Currency - Cape Verdean Escudu
Time zone - GMT-1
Calling code - +238



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