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Peace Corps Bislama Handbook - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This workbook has three goals:

1. To introduce you to Bislama, the national language of Vanuatu.
2. To give you tips that will help you gain a functional knowledge of Bislama as quickly as possible.
3. To provide you with exercises and notes that reinforce important elements of Peace Corps Vanuatu's Pre-Service Training (PST).

Your knowledge of Bislama is very important to your effectiveness as a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu. However, there is limited Bislama teaching/learning time during PST. The workbook provides you an opportunity for self-directed learning that will equip you with some basic Bislama skills before you start your PST. The topics and notes contained in the workbook provide the basis for Bislama training during PST.

We suggest you start with Unit 1: Sounds of Bislama. Written and oral Bislama skills are built upon your understanding of how the language sounds. As you master the basic rules surrounding the use of the alphabet in Bislama, you are able to efficiently and effectively acquire knowledge of the application of the language itself.

Vanuatu: 1990-present

Vanuatu: Education, Business, Health
Bislama is a creole language, one of the official languages of Vanuatu. It is the first language of many of the "Urban ni-Vanuatu" (those who live in Port Vila and Luganville), and the second language of much of the rest of the country's residents. "Yumi, Yumi, Yumi", the Vanuatu national anthem, is in Bislama. More than 95% of Bislama words are of English origin; the remainder combines a few dozen words from French, as well as some vocabulary inherited from various languages of Vanuatu, essentially limited to flora and fauna terminology. While the influence of these vernacular languages is low on the vocabulary side, it is very high in the morphosyntax. Bislama can be basically described as a language with an English vocabulary and an Oceanic grammar.
Bislama is spoken in: Vanuatu
Bislama has no known alternate names.


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