Na nga def - Hello in Wolof
Na nga def is a common greeting in Wolof. We present to you some interesting information about the language and the people who speak the language.
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Wolof belongs to the Senegambian branch of the Niger-Congo language family. But unlike most other languages of this family, Wolof is not a tonal language.
Wolof is a language of Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, and the native language of the Wolof people.
Wolof can be written using two different scripts: Arabic-based or Latin-based. The Arabic-based script, Wolofal, is the language’s first-script, predating the introduction of the Latin system of writing. However, as the official script of Senegal, the Latin script is widely used in formal contexts.
Wolof is Senegal's dominant language, although French is the country's official language.
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In Wolof and Senegalese society, there are professional storytellers, known as Griots. They are historians, poets, musicians, and entertainers.
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The Wolof are known for their woodcarvings. Wolof are also fine tailors. Wolof men prefer silver bracelets and rings, while women wear gold necklaces, chains, and rings. Some Wolof people are traditional weavers.
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Some classic Wolof dishes are Thiéboudienne, Mafé, Dibi, Yassa poulet, Thiof, Fataya, Bissap.
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If you visit Senegal to get familiar with Wolof culture, you can visit some other hotspots as well like Dakar, Goree Island, Pink Lake, St. Louis, Ziguinchor, Popenguine, Saloum Delta National Park, Senegal River, Casamance, Touba, Lompoul Desert, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Joal-Fadiouth, Kafountine, Tambacounda, Kaolack, Kedougou.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Wolof, let us all know!