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The mother tongue of Cape Verdeans is Crioulo. It is based on a Portuguese root vocabulary and a simplified grammar. Portuguese speakers have a difficult time understanding the Crioulo. However, Portuguese is the official language and the language of the genealogical sources.[1]

Word List

For word list and help researching in Cape Verde records, see:

A list of Cape Verde words and their English interpretations.

How are you? = Tudu dretu?
I'm good. = Tudu dretu.
You = bu
Me = N or ami
We = Nu
(v) to go = ba
(v) to speak = papia
(v) to eat = kume
(v) to be = sta
I don't speak Creole. = N ka pode papia Kriolu.


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Cape Verde,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1992-1999.