Wolof

Wolof is a member of the Senegambian branch of the Niger-Congo language family with about 7 million speakers in Senegal, France, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania. Wolof is one of the six national languages of Senegal, along with Serer, Mandinka, Pulaar, Diola and Soninke.

Wolof was first written with a version of the Arabic script known as Wolofal, which is still used by many older men in Senegal. The Wolof orthography using the Latin alphabet was standardized in 1974 and is the official script for Wolof in Senegal. Wolof is also sometimes written with the Garay alphabet. This alphabet is written from right to left and is modeled loosely on the Arabic script.

Wolof originated as the language of the Lebu people. It is the most widely spoken language in Senegal, spoken natively by the Wolof people but also by most other Senegalese as a second language. Wolof dialects vary geographically and between rural and urban areas.

Wolof is spoken by more than 10 million people as their native language. Increased mobility and especially the growth of the capital Dakar created the need for a common language: today, an additional 40 percent of the population speaks Wolof as a second or acquired language. In the whole region from Dakar to Saint-Louis, and also west and southwest of Kaolack, Wolof is spoken by the vast majority of the people. Typically when various ethnic groups in Senegal come together in cities and towns, they speak Wolof. It is therefore spoken in almost every regional and departmental capital in Senegal. Nevertheless, the official language of Senegal is French.

 

ProMosaik Trans offers translations from and into Wolof in the following fields:

 

  • Law and Contract Law
  • Patents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Cultural Sciences

 

Wolof Proverb: “Ku bëgg lem, ñeme yamb.” – Whoever wants honey must brave the bees.

 

ProMosaik Trans Istanbul offers the following language combinations from and into Wolof:

 

English – Wolof

 

French – Wolof

 

German – Wolof

 

Spanish – Wolof

 

Italian —  Wolof

 

 

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ProMosaik Trans also offers editing, interpreting, proofreading, and transcription services in Wolof.

 

 

With ProMosaik interlanguage you can also study Wolof with us online!

 

Send your translation requests into or from Wolof, with the documents you need to be translated to info@promosaik.com