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Serer (Seereer)

Serer is member of the Senegambian branch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken in mainly in Senegal, and also in Gambia, by about 1.2 million people.

Serer is also known as Serer-Sine (Serer proper), and is closely related to Fulani, and less close to Wolof. Dialects of Serer include Segum, Fadyut-Palmerin, Dyegueme (Gyegem) and Niominka, which are all more or less mutually intelligible.

Serer is written with the Latin alphabet, and also with the Arabic alphabet.

Serer Latin alphabet and pronunciation

Serer Latin alphabet and pronunciation

Serer Arabic alphabet and pronunciation

Serer Arabic alphabet and pronunciation


ث ,ح ,ذ ,ز ,ش ,ص ,ض ,ظ ,ع ,غ, are only used in Arabic loanwords and names.

Sample text (Latin alphabet)

Ween we naa ñoowaa na ’adna, den fot mbogow no ke war na ’oxu refna na den ’a jega ’o ngalaat ’umti yiif ’um, le mbarin o meƭtowtaa baa mbaag ’o ñoow den fot no fog.

Sample text (Arabic alphabet)

وِين وٜ نَا ݧٛووَا نَ اَدنَ, دٜن فٛث مبٛگٛو نٛ كٜ وَر نَ اٛخُ رٜفنَ نَ دٜن اَ جٜگَ اٛ نگَلَات اُمثِ يِيف اُم, لٜ مبَرِن ٛ مٜࢣتٛوتَا بَا مبَاگ اٛ ݧٛوو دٜن فٛث نٛ فٛگ.


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 compiled by Michael Peter Füstumum


Information about Serer and Moru

Senegambian languages

Adamaua Fulfulde, Fula(ni), Serer, Wolof

Other languages written with the: Arabic, and Latin alphabets

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