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Cape Verdean Creole (Kriolu)

Cape Verdean Creole is a creole based on Portuguese and African languages which is spoken by about 1.2 million people mainly in Cape Verde. It is the first language of most Cape Verdeans, and is spoken by their descendents in quite a number of other countries such as Angola, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal and Senegal.

Cape Verdean Creole is known as Creole or Kriol by its speakers. Different dialects are spoken on the different Cape Verde islands, but they are all considered one language by the Cape Verdean authorities.

The official spelling system for Cape Verdean Creole is known as ALUPEC (Alfabeto Unificado para a Escrita do Caboverdiano - Unified Alphabet for Cape Verdean Writing), or as Alfabétu Kabuverdianu (Cape Verdean Alphabet). Not everyone uses this system, and since Cape Verdean Creole is not an official language, this spelling system is not used in official documents, signs or most other printed material. The language used for such things is Portuguese.

Cape Verdean Creole alphabet

Cape Verdean Creole alphabet

Cape Verdean Creole pronunciation

Cape Verdean Creole pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Cape Verdean Creole (Excel)

Sample text

Tudo ser humano na ês mundo nacê libri e igual na sê dignidade e na sês drêto. Na sês razon e na sês concénça, tudo arguem debê porcêdê pa co tudo guenti na sprito di fraternidadi.



All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about the Cape Verdean Creole alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel, with corrections and additions by Cláudio Alexandre Duarte

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Information about Cape Verdean Creole

Online Cape Verdean Creole lessons (in French)

Cape Verdean Creole phrases

Creole languages

Aukaans/Ndjuká, Bislama, Cape Verdean Creole, Chavacano, Chinook Jargon, Fanagalo, French Guianese Creole, Guadeloupean Creole, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Kituba, Manado Malay, Mauritian Creole, Nagamese, Norfuk, Papiamento, Pijin, Réunion Creole, Sango, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sierra Leonean Creole, Sranan, Tok Pisin, Torres-Strait Creole

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