Wolof is the native language of the Wolof people and has become Senegal’s lingua franca, or bridge language, spoken by more than 90% of the Senegalese population as either a first or second language. Wolof is also spoken in other West Africa countries, such as the Gambia and Mauritania. The language has a rich literary tradition in both Arabic and Roman scripts, as well as a thriving oral tradition. Knowledge of Wolof is important to work in government, international non-governmental organizations, and international businesses.

Ayca Leen nu Jang Wolof! Yombna, Neex na Lool = "Let's study Wolof. It's easy and fun."

Department of African Cultural Studies

Toni Landis, tllandis@wisc.edu

Intro Class:
AFRICAN 391: First Semester Wolof

The HipHop, Youth Culture, and Politics in Senegal  is a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) that introduces students to the study of contemporary Africa through a focus on Senegalese HipHop youth culture, and language.

Contact Toni Landis, tllandis@wisc.edu, for details.