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Cameroon Local Phrases
While English is spoken fairly widely in some parts, especially in the cities, it is a good idea to learn some Cameroon local phrases for your OverlandingAfrica.com tour.
There are some 230 tribal languages spoken in Cameroon, which vary for all regions across the country. Pidgin English is spoken fairly frequently in the south-western and north-western areas, and knowing a few key pidgin English phrases will see you in good stead on your travels in these areas.
Some useful pidgin English phrases to learn in Cameroon include the following:
- Hau yu dei?: How are you?
- Abeg: Please
- Ashia: Sorry
- Chop: To eat / food
- Paddy: Good friend
- Dia: Expensive
- Na yu o!: You’re the man!
- Palava: A problem
Camfranglais is also a fairly wide spoken language, and is basically a blend of Cameroonian French, English and pidgin Cameroon English. This language variant is especially common among young people in Cameroon.
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