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Sranan phrasebook

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It is the most used language in Suriname. The only place you will not find it used might be in the government.

Sranantongo or Sranan is the mostly used language here. For many years the Dutch suppressed Sranantongo, but now it has risen to become the most spoken language in Suriname. The language became very popular after a former military leader took over the government. With such an extreme population of immigrants, many due not speak Dutch or English here, everyone is expected to know Sranantongo. There is very little written online, but if you know English, it will not be hard to learn. Suriname is a very immigrant friendly country.

Many learn English from television and school also.

Quite odd here, you will not be able to learn either Dutch or Sranan from TV here. The immigrant population is so high that Dutch and Sranan together only make up about 7% of all television. 40% is Hindi television, 30% is English television, and around 20 percent is Chinese television. This makes it even harder to learn Sranan or Dutch here.


Sranantongo goes by many other names. Sranantongo may be the most common, however, you will also find these descriptoins also:

1. "Sranan Tongo" (the other form)

2. Nengre

3. Taki-Taki (but rude)

4. Surinaams

5. Sranang

6. Surinamese

Sranan Phrasebook

Fa waka? - What's up? Literally: how's (your) walk

Fa go? - How are you? Literally: how's (it) going?

Fa yu tan? - How are you?

Ali sunny bun? - (is) everything well?

Mi lubi dati! - I love that!

Mi sorri! - I'm sorry!

Omeni wan? - How much is one? (What's the price?)

Mi gwa! - I'm leaving

Mi go na oso - I'm going home

Mi go na winkri - I'm going to the store

Useful Links to Study Sranantongo

A Wikitravel guide: (but little info)

Sranan Top WordList

Websters Sranan Online Dictionary

Sranan Verb Usage Lookup Tool

Most useful guide I found:

Best Sranan Site - But a little too over complicated

Sranan info in Dutch

For Practice with the Language: Wikipedia recently added a Sranantongo version of their website.


All sources from: and from living in the country of Suriname for over four years. My wife is also a native born Surinamese.



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