Language of the Day for 11 July 2019


Fon [fon]

A language of
Population Full
1,900,000 in Benin (2016). Total users in all countries: 1,935,500.
3 (Wider communication).
Language Use
Vigorous. Administration, education, religious services, commerce, and labor. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Aguna [aug], Ayizo Gbe [ayb], Ci Gbe [cib], Eastern Xwla Gbe [gbx], Ede Idaca [idd], Ede Ije [ijj], Gbesi Gbe [gbs], Gun [guw], Kotafon Gbe [kqk], Maxi Gbe [mxl], Saxwe Gbe [sxw], Tchumbuli [bqa], Tofin Gbe [tfi], Weme Gbe [wem], Western Xwla Gbe [xwl], Xwela Gbe [xwe].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. 10% can read Fon, 7% can write it. Taught in primary schools in small-scale multilingual education program since 2013. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible: 2014.
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