It is the most used language in Suriname. The only place you will not find it used might be in the government.
Many learn English from television and school also.
Don't plan on learning the language from television. 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:
3. Taki-Taki (but rude)
Fa waka? - What's up? Literally: how's (your) walk ( FA-WALK-A)
Fa go? - How are you? Literally: how's (it) going? ( FI-GO )
e go! - it's going! (answer) ( I-GO )
Fa yu tan? - How are you? ( FI-YOU-TAN )
Ali suni bun? - (is) everything well? ( ALLY-SUNNY-BOON )
Mi lubi dati! - I love that! ( ME-LUBY-DATY )
Mi sorri! - I'm sorry! ( ME 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
Su-ma na yu? - Who are you? ( SUE-MA-NA-YOU )
Pe yu e go? - Where are you going? ( PAY-YOU-AH-GO )
Pe yu e de? - Where are you? ( PAY-YOU-AH-DAY )
Omany? - How much? ( O-MANY )
Yepi! - Help ( YEPY )
Pe disi presi? - Where's this place? ( PAY DEE-SEE PRACY)
Soot bus mi mus teki? - What bus must I take? ( SOOT BUS ME MUZ TAKY )
Skowtu! - Police! ( SCOW-TWO )
Most Used Words
Sorry, I was unsuccessful posting this chart. So I will leave the link alone: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Sranan_Swadesh_list
Useful Links to Study Sranantongo
A Wikitravel guide: (but little info)
All sources from: http://www.sil.org/americas/suriname/Sranan/English/SrananEngDictIndex.html and from living in the country of Suriname for over four years. My wife is also a native born Surinamese.