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Language
Speakers
Language
Speakers
Baoulé
4,901,961
Bété, Daloa
299,362
Senoufo, Cebaara
1,983,798
Béte, Guiberoua
299,181
Dan
1,841,112
Wojenaka
276,167
Anyin
1,403,848
Dida, Yocoboué
233,821
Attié
876,830
Adioukrou
230,278
Guro
764,292
Senoufo, Shempire
230,139
Anyin Morofo
690,417
Soninke
230,070
Wè, Southern
673,157
Senoufo, Djimini
219,783
Jula
412,179
Dida, Lakota
215,870
Abé
391,286
Worodougou
184,111
Mahou
389,165
Kulango, Bondoukou
177,207
Wè, Northern
359,707
Ebrié
174,581
Lobi
358,557
Nzema
153,503
Bété, Gagnoa
345,209
Koyaga
138,803
Kulango, Bouna
326,797
Abure
126,853
Senoufo, Tagwana
317,822
Abidji
116,220
Abron
303,093
Senoufo, Nyarafolo
110,467
We consider percentage literacy as close to worthless. Instead we prefer to know
scores on standard tests in four areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing) by
language and person. While there are certainly more countries with higher linguistic
diversity, any government (or governments) trying to communicate with Ivoirians -
citizens or not - certainly has a challenge.
There are 44 more
languages in use  - 11
have more than 50,000
speakers. We would
imagine these figures
will soon be, if they are
not now already,
worthless due to the
fighting. Perhaps,
when everyone tires of
bullets and machetes,
a new program for
measuring progress in
République de la Côte
d'Ivoire can be started.
Even a reasonably
accurate count of how
many people are
literate in French, the
official language,
would be useful.