Krio phrasebook

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Sierra Leone Creole or Krio is the lingua franca and the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Krio is spoken by roughly 6,250,000 people—nearly all Sierra Leone's population. While English is Sierra Leone's sole official language, Krio is far, far more widespread. Krio is the native language for some 300,000 Krios—the descendants of slaves from the West Indies, United States and Britain, who overwhelmingly live in Freetown. There are also small Krio speaking communities in The Gambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea, but the language is of practical value for travel only in Sierra Leone.
Krio is an English-based creole, but is closer to being a fully-fledged language, as it has fixed grammatical structures and rules. Most of its vocabulary comes from English, but its sound system and grammar are closer to that of nearby African languages, in particular Yoruba. Krio is very similar to and mutually intelligible with Nigerian Pidgin and Jamaican Patois.

Pronunciation guide

Phrase list