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English is the official language of Guyana, which is the only South American country with English as the official language.[1][2]

Languages of Guyana
OfficialEnglish
SignedAmerican Sign Language

Guyanese Creole (an English-based creole with African and East Indian syntax) is widely spoken in Guyana.[1]

A number of Amerindian languages are also spoken by a minority of the population. These include Cariban languages such as Macushi, Akawaio and Wai-Wai; and Arawakan languages such as Arawak (or Lokono) and Wapishana.[1][2]

Second and third languagesEdit

Due to the growing presence of Cubans and Venezuelans in the country, Spanish is heard more and more frequently, especially in Georgetown and Region 1. Portuguese is increasingly being used as a second language in Guyana, particularly in the south of the country, bordering on Brazil.[1] Spanish, Portuguese and French are taught in most secondary schools.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Smock, Kirk (2008). Guyana: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt. p. 19. ISBN 978 1 84162 223 1.
  2. ^ a b Ali, Arif (2008). Guyana. London: Hansib. ISBN 978-1-906190-10-1.

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