Kreol Morisyen? Easy Ways to Learn the basics of the Mauritian language.

Kreol Morisien? Easy Ways to learn the Language!

Written on 05/04/2019


Wherever you go in the world, you will probably meet locals who are able to communicate with you in English, despite sometimes struggling to find their words. That’s no surprise, English is not every one’s first language. Plus, what would we truly learn if we stuck to common grounds every time? We can all agree - one of the wonderful things about travel is that it opens a world of possibilities. Beside the culinary discovery and the cultural immersion, learning about a country’s languages and dialects is by far the most fun! 



Wherever you go in the world, you will probably meet locals who are able to communicate with you in English, despite sometimes struggling to find their words. That’s no surprise, English is not every one’s first language. Plus, what would we truly learn if we stuck to common grounds every time? We can all agree - one of the wonderful things about travel is that it opens a world of possibilities. Beside the culinary discovery and the cultural immersion, learning about a country’s languages and dialects is by far the most fun!



After setting foot in this stretch of Paradise Island, you’ll soon come to realise that Mauritius truly is a melting pot of cultures. This means you will hear people speaking many languages, the quirkiest and most whimsical being the Mauritian Creole or Kreol Morisyen! Other locally spoken languages like Bhojpuri, Hindi, Mandarin, English and French – to name only these – are still spoken on the island.

Over time, they were brought by migrating populations and have since been passed on from generations to generations. But the Mauritian creole stands out of the crowd due to its astonishing range of intonations but also thanks to its unifying dimension. Indeed, that is the one language everyone in Mauritius understands and speaks!



As the symbol of the fight against oppression, the Kreol Morisyen takes its roots in several languages and was shaped by influences from the Asian, European and African continents combined. Today, this language is celebrated by millions as it represents the resilience of oppressed populations and has become a solid foundation of their cultural heritage. Not just in Mauritius but in other islands like Haiti and Cape Verde where different forms of creoles are also spoken! It is good to know that after decades of disagreement, several Mauritian school of thoughts finally settled for one way of writing the Mauritian Creole - making it a century old but also a very new language at the same time! It is not rare to meet people who disagree on how to spell kreol words as everyone has their own way of writing it (Maybe that's the beauty of it in the end!) and especially since kreol was only very recently introduced as an academic subject in Mauritius. 



If you ever need to address a Mauritian, feel free to do so in either French or English as they would most likely understand both. But wouldn’t you want to flaunt your way to the top with a few basic Kreol phrases? That’s always a good way to show a foreign people that you appreciate their culture. So, we hope you have fun with the list of helpful phrases we made for you to practice during your stay in Paradise!



P.S: No Strong Language Included, although everyone eagerly seems to learn that first!

Want to learn more? You can find Kreol to English/ French Translation dictionaries in almost every mall or book stores but the best way to learn a language is obviously to head to the places where it’s actually spoken. So here’s your chance to try out our “Travelers Around You” Section to interact with locals!