Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania. It is the native language of the Wolof people. Wolof is the most widely-spoken language in Senegal, spoken not only by members of the Wolof ethnic group (approximately 40% of the population) but also by most other Senegalese.

Wolof dialects vary between countries (Senegal and the Gambia) as well as within rural and urban areas. For example, “Dakar-Wolof” is an urban mixture of Wolof, French, Arabic and English spoken in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

How Can I Communicate in Wolof?

Sengalese FlagYou can seamlessly communicate with clients, employees, and business associates regardless of language and location. Effective interpretation of the Wolof language is at your fingertips. Use phone or video conference services to quickly find a Wolof language expert.

Remote, expert Wolof interpretation is available for a wide variety of industries and situations. People in government, law, business, and the utility sectors easily relay messages and important data to clients and employees with the help of experienced, trained experts.

Where Is The Wolof Language From?

Wolof, mainly spoken in Senegal and Gambia, is also used in the Southern part of Mauritania. Nowadays, migration, business, and trade have brought the language to parts of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali.

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Is Wolof an Official Language?

Wolof is the official language in Senegal and spoken in 2 more countries as mother tongue by a part of the population. Wolof, widely spoken in Senegal, and spoken natively (40% of the population). But it’s considered by other Senegalese people as a second language.

How Many People Speak Wolof in the World?

Wolof is a national language of Senegal, where it is spoken by 4.6 million as a first language. An additional 7.8 million people use Wolof. In addition, significant numbers of Wolof speakers are found in France, Mauritania, and Mali.

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How Many People Speak Wolof in the US?

In the surveys of 2019, 18,091 people claimed to be of Senegalese origin or descent in the United States.

What Is The Wolof Writing System?

Wolofal is a derivation of the Arabic script for writing the Wolof language. Wolofal was the first script for writing the Wolof language.

Is Wolof A Tonal Language?

Unlike most other languages of the Niger-Congo family, Wolof is not a tonal language.

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How Do You Say Hello in Wolof?

  • Salaam aleekum (Sa-laam-a-ley-kum): hello;
  • Respond with malekum salaam (mal-ay-kum-sal-aam): hello to you.
  • Na nga def (nan-ga-def): how are you?
  • Respond with maa ngi fi (man-gi-fi): I’m fine, thanks.
  • Jërejëf (je-re-jef): thank you.
  • Waaw / déedéyt (wao / dey-dey): yes / no

Wolof Interpretation and Translation at Work

A utility company is changing its terms and has a large number of customers who are natives of Senegal and have relatives who speak and communicate in Wolof in their residence. The utilities company will have an immediate and ongoing need for translation as well as interpretation services so that it remains compliant, regarding terms of customer service, and so that customers may receive the highest level of service and preferred communication.

Telelanguage’s Wolof Translation Solutions

  • Quickly get in-touch with a Wolof translation professional by phone who can help you translate and relay messages to a third party.
  • The interpretation process can be improved through the use of video. Therefore, you can just as easily connect with a Wolof interpreter by video conference on a tablet, smartphone, or laptop.
  • Help communicate with clients in Wolof by using Zoom for many different types of meetings and settings that require translation via Zoom.
  • Foreign language document translation services offer clients interpretation solutions in 350+ different languages.

For certified Wolof interpreting, translation services, and language training connect with Telelanguage today.

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