BBC to broadcast in pidgin.

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)

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