How Well Do You Know Malagasy Vocabulary?
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Malagasy, also known as Malgache, is the only language spoken in the whole of Madagascar, and is the official language along with French. Despite being located off northern coast of Africa, it’s more closely related to the Malayo-Polynesian languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Because of this and the inevitable influences from mainland African languages, in particular the Bantu language of Swahili (plus Arabic, French, and English due to the colonial, merchant, and pirate influences), Malagasy has a soft, musical quality that is truly fascinating.
Reflecting its colorful history, Malagasy is also very poetic and rich in imagery. For example, we say ‘dusk’,” and the Malagasy say ‘maizim-bava vilany’ (‘lit when the mouth of the cooking pot is dark’).