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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 known as ALUPEC (Alfabeto Unificado para a Escrita do Caboverdiano - Unified Alphabet for Cape Verdean Writing). Not everyone uses this system, however.

Cape Verdean Creole alphabet

Cape Verdean Creole alphabet

Cape Verdean Creole pronunciation

Cape Verdean Creole pronunciation

Information about the Cape Verdean Creole alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Túdu alguêm tâ nacê lívri í iguál nâ dignidádi cú nâ dirêtus. Ês ê dotádu cú razõ í cú «consciência», í ês devê agí pâ cumpanhêru cú sprítu dí fraternidádi.


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 Cape Verdean Creole | Phrases | Numbers


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, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Kituba, Manado Malay, Mauritian Creole, Nagamese, Papiamento, Pijin, Réunion Creole, Sango, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sierra Leonean Creole, Sranan, Tok Pisin, Torres-Strait Creole

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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