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Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles is a relaxed and attractive small town. Saturday morning is market day and we spent the morning exploring .. I loved this colourful building which echoes the colourfulness of the local people, the Seychellois. I was fascinated by the cultural mix and language of the people and although I understand a smattering of French, Creole, a close cousin, sounded so very different and was spoken so fast. The title of this shot is creole for “Do you speak English?” Par-lay voo ong-lay?

The Seychelles were uninhabited until French settlers from Mauritius and their slaves arrived and planted crops and spices in the 18th century. Following their rise to power in the Indian Ocean, the British took over the Seychelles in 1814 but other than their anti-slavery stance ran the islands according to French practices. Consequently, the islands have retained their French flavour though it was from Britain that the Seychelles won their independence in 1976.
The people of Seychelles are known as Seychellois: a people who are a unique blend of African, Indian, Chinese, French and British bloods the majority of whom speak a French-based Creole.
Adults, living in a place where they do not know the language, will simplify that language in an effort to communicate with others. This simplified form of language is called pidgin. Creole languages evolve from pidgin when the children of pidgin speakers adopt it as their primary tongue.
French-based Creoles are derived from the French that was spoken in Paris at the time when France first embarked upon its colonial expansion. Languages considered to be French-based Creole are spoken by the majority of Haitians and residents of the French Caribbean islands and both Mauritian Creole and Seychellois Creole are French-based.

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