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Seychellois Creole


Seychellois Creole, also known as Kreol, is the lingua franca of the Seychelles It shares official language status with English and French, in contrast to Mauritian Creole, which has no official status in Mauritius.

Since its independence in 1976, the government of the Seychelles has sought to develop Creole as a separate language, with its own orthography and grammar, establishing Lenstiti Kreol (l'Institut créole, the Creole Institute) for this purpose.

The spelling of words in Creole has been considerably simplified compared to the original French, as demonstrated by the following translations of 'We all need to work together to build our future':

Creole: Nou tou bezwen travay ansamn pou kree nou lavenir.

French: Nous tous avons besoin de travailler ensemble à créer notre avenir.

In Creole, the definite article (derived from the French le, la and les) forms part of the word, so that 'the future' is lavenir (as opposed to the French avenir).

The possessive is formed by adding the pronoun, so that 'our future' is nou lavenir, literally, 'we-the-future'. Similarly in the plural, les Îles Éloignés Seychelles in French ('the Outer Seychelles Islands') becomes Zil Elwanyen Sesel in Creole. Note the z in Zil, as, in French, "les Îles" is pronounced /le"zil/.



Text Sample

Ou, nou papa ki dan lesyel,

Fer ou ganny rekonnet konman Bondye.

Ki ou renny i arive.

Ki ou lavolonte i ganny realize

Lo later parey i ete dan lesyel

Donn nou sak zour nou dipen ki nou bezwen.

Pardonn nou pour bann lofans

Ki noun fer anver ou,

Parey nou pardonn sa ki n ofans nou.

Pa les tantasyon domin nou,

Me tir nou dan lemal.


Koste Seselwa is the National Anthem of Seychelles


Sesel ou menm nou sel patri

Seychelles our only fatherland

Kot nou viv dan larmoni

Where we live in harmony

Lazwa, lanmour ek lape

Happiness, love and peace

Nou remersye Bondye

We give thanks to god

Preserv labote nou pei

Preserve the beauty of our country

Larises nou losean

The riches of our oceans

En leritaz byen presye

A precious heritage

Pour boner nou zanfan

For the happiness of our children

Reste touzour dan linite

Live forever in unity

Fer monte nou paviyon

Raise our flag

Ansanm pou tou leternite

Together for all eternity

Koste Seselwa

Join together all Seychellois

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