How Many Different Languages Does Your Country Have? And What Languages Are Commonly Spoken In Papua New Guinea?

The country boasts over 800 distinct language groups, however English is widely spoken and is the official language of the business and government community. “Pidgin” or Neo Melanesian, originally introduced as a trade language between the locals and German colonists, is now widely spoken but more so on the New Guinea side of the country.


PNG Pidgin includes words from the German language but most words are derived from English. For the Papuan Side (Southern), Motu is spoken. This language was modifeid as well to “Police Motu” and is spoken widely in the southern part of Papua New Guinea

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