Jèrriais

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Jèrriais
Native to Jersey, Sark
Native speakers 1,679  (2011 census)
2,760 as secondary language
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist List fra-jer
Linguasphere 51-AAA-hc

Jèrriais is a language that is spoken in Jersey. Some people call it Jersey French. Just over 2000 people speak it. It is a Norman language. 3% of the people in Jersey speak it, and around 15% can understand it.

History[change | edit source]

In the 19th century, almost everyone in Jersey could speak Jèrriais. Then, people stopped learning it, and it nearly became extinct. These days, lots of people are trying to get more people to speak the language. Now, signposts and road signs on Jersey are written in Jèrriais and English.