Suriname’s official language is Dutch. English is commonly understood.
The Dutch repressed the creole language Sranang Tongo for many years, but it is today the most commonly spoken language in Suriname. It is the native language of the majority of Surinamese people and is utilized as a lingua franca amongst all ethnic groupings. In French Guiana, it is sometimes referred to as Taki-Taki and was formerly known as nengre or negerengels (Dutch for “Negro English”). It is based on English since slaves were not allowed to speak Dutch. Despite the fact that there is relatively little written material in Sranang Tongo, the language has had its own legally defined spelling since 1986.
Sarnami (a Hindi dialect), Javanese, Chinese (Mandarin, Hakka, and Cantonese), Spanish, and Portuguese are also spoken in Suriname.