Serer language

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Serer is the language of the Serer people spoken in Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania. It is more widely spoken in Senegal where the Serer people make up the third largest ethnic group. Not all Serers speak the Serer language. Some speak the Cangin languages although all are ethnically Serers. The Serer language is characterised by consonant mutation, and one of the Senegambian languages of the Niger-Congo family. It is written from left to write based on the Latin alphabet. It is one of the recognized languages of Senegal. There are various dialects of Serer with Serer-Sine being the prestige dialect.

Greeting[edit | edit source]

  • Nam fi'o? (pronounced nam feeyoh) = How are you doing? Mexe meen. (prounounced : may hay men) = I am here/ I am fine.
  • Ta mbind na? (pronounced, tah mbind nah) = How is the family? Owa maa. (pronounced : owa maa) = It is good/they are well.