QuestionsGeneral-MiscHow context-specific are languages in Mauritius?
EyebrowsDude asked 8 months ago

Hi there, I'm an Indian-American who just likes to be aware of other cultures and what's going on in the world, so I've been subscribed to this website for a few months now. Something I find really interesting is the linguistic mix in Mauritius. One thing I've been curious about is language - from what I've been able to see, it appears that in day to day life most people in Mauritius speak Creole or French. However, this subreddit is almost entirely in English. Is English more used generally in writing? Like you'd have a Creole or French conversation with a friend of yours, but then when you start texting each other, you switch to English? With my family (both in the US and in India), we usually will always speak to each other in Hindi, but then when we text each other we immediately start using 80% English, 20% transliterated Hindi. I'm honestly curious how the linguistic dynamic plays out in Mauritius. I hope you have a wonderful day, and thank you. :)

torsama answered 8 months ago

I can talk for myself and friends.

We mostly speak creole and a bit french. We mostly text in English but still a bit in creole and french the reason being, English is easy. As simple as that. But also because memes are in English and homework too, a lot of online culture is in English rather than french and creole so I guess that contributes.

However I know a few people who don’t text in English but rather in creole or french.

Hope that helps!

Cheers 🥂

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