Sranan Tongo


A language of Suriname

Alternate Names
Sranan, Surinaams, Suriname Creole English, Surinamese, “Taki-Taki” (pej.)
Sranan Tongo

369,300 in Suriname, all users. L1 users: 69,300 in Suriname (2016). L2 users: 300,000. Total users in all countries: 715,700 (as L1: 415,700; as L2: 300,000).



Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language. Lingua franca of 80% of the country, including the Hindustanis, Javanese, Chinese, American Indians, and Bush Negroes.


None known. Reportedly similar to Ndyuka [njt], but with cultural differences. Reportedly many similarities to Krio [kri] of Sierra Leone.

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. Also use Dutch [nld]. Used as L2 by Arawak [arw], Aukan [djk], Carib [car], Dutch [nld], Kwinti [kww], Sarnami Hindustani [hns], Wayana [way].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Literature. Dictionary. Texts. Bible: 1997–2016.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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