A french-based language, Mauritian Creole is the language most often spoke by Mauritians, despite having English as the country’s official language.
Mauritian Creole is unique the nation of Mauritius. As is the story with most creole languages, Mauritian Creole formed when the many different people who created the Mauritian identity – African, Chinese, Indian, and European – needed a common language to communicate with one another. As a result, Mauritian Creole also has vocabulary from the English language, and the many African and Asian languages originally spoken by the settlers of the island.
Text by Kat Lonsdorf.