Pidgin is one of the new languages the BBC World service is to start broadcasting in – but what is it and where did it come from?
Simply, Pidgin English is a mixture of English and local languages which enables people who do not share a common language to communicate.
Most African countries are made up of numerous different ethnic groups who do not necessarily have a lingua franca, so Pidgin has developed.
It is widely spoken in Nigeria, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
Examples of pidgin include:
- I wan chop (I want to eat)
- Wetin dey ‘appen? (What is happening?)
- I no no (I do not know)
- Where you dey? (Where are you)