About the Bislama language
Bislama, also known as Bichelamar is a language of Vanuatu Fiji.
It has more than 10,000 users widespread in the region. 1 (National). Statutory national language (1980, Constitution, Art 3(1)). Most in the country understand and use it as lingua franca and as a symbol of national identity.
It has no known dialects but partially intelligible with Pijin [pis] (Solomon Islands) and Tok Pisin [tpi] (Papua New Guinea), but, unlike them, Bislama has some French loanwords.
Since 2012, Bislama is classified along with the vernaculars as a first language for use as a language of instruction in grades 1–3, and for use as a supplementary language as required in other grades.
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