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Wolof Primer

Our Wolof Primer employs state-of-the-art Internet technologies to deliver a fun and easy learning experience. Special emphasis is placed on teaching the everyday words and phrases that a tourist would find invaluable in Senegal or The Gambia.

Please keep in mind that our Wolof Primer is not a full, college level course.

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Most Wolof speaking people would agree that Wolof is a very difficult language to teach. It's complexity and lack of tight conventions are two of many reasons why many Wolofs feel that Wolof is simply unteachable -- even to those eager to learn. This website is the result of our resolve to prove all the nay-sayers wrong! We believe that the world deserves a website devoted to this most unique and beautiful language.

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Wolof Facts

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  • Wolof is spoken/used in the following countries: Gambia, Mauritania, Senegal.

  • Language family: Family: Niger-Congo; Subgroup: Western Sudanic; Branch: West Atlantic.

  • Senegal is the westernmost nation in West Africa. French is the "official" language, but most people speak Wolof.

  • The Wolof people make up more than one-third of Senegal's population, and have been the dominant group in the region for generations. They have developed a rich cultural tradition which is marked by their hospitality and willingness to include outsiders. Their culture has embraced the Muslim religion since the 10th century. A century of Christian mission effort has had little impact, and there are only a few Wolof believers.

  • About 80 percent of the Senegalese population speaks Wolof.

  • The Republic of Senegal is home to more than 3 million Wolof people along with the Fulani, Serer, Toucouleur, Diola and Mandingo people groups.

  • Islam is the dominant religion of the Wolof people; The Wolof conversion to Islam began in the 11th century and today the vast majority of Wolofs are Muslims.

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For his 1999 adventure through West Africa, and many more images, visit www.markspark.com/africa99


A special thanks to Fabio Agnolon, Tami Zezulka, Carla Eugnene, 'Mustic' and Mark Davies for their contributions to this website.

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