Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Language Stats


English status National language. Bible 1535-1989. 1989
Languages English (official), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), French, Spanish, Chinese 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.696 2009 48th out of 200
Major language(s) English 2013
Spanish status Users seem to be second language users only. Frequent contact with Venezuelan fishing communities that lie nine miles off the coast of Trinidad. Bible 1553-1979. 1979



The statistics on this site are to be taken with a grain of salt judging by those for my home state, Trinidad & Tobago. The country is listed as having "2,600" people with English as a first language. I can assure you that all 1.3 million (not 1 million) citizens speak English as first language. Of course, there is a spoken local dialect with intonation and vocabulary from French, Arawak and Spanish but everyone is schooled in English and all the audiovisual media are in English. The country has a higher literacy rate than the "greatest nation of earth" (i.e. the U.S.) and, judging from my stay in the US, the level of literacy is on a different plane.

Posted on 22 May 2009



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