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Jersey Language - Jèrriais 

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English is the dominant language spoken in Jersey and is the primary language of education, commerce and administration. Other languages commonly spoken in Jersey today include Portuguese and Polish, a result of migration. Approximately 10 % of the population are of Portuguese decent and many of their influences can be seem throughout the Island.

The local patois is known as Jèrriais and is the form of Norman French traditionally spoken in Jersey. It is closely related to French but must not be confused with Jersey Legal French which is commonly used for legal contracts, laws and official documents. However, the prevalence of Jèrriais in the Island has been in decline over the past century as there are very few people who speak Jèrriais as a mother tongue. Owing to the age of the remaining speakers, their numbers are decreasing annually. Despite this, efforts are being made to keep the language alive and around 3 % of the population speak the language. Jèrriais is now being taught in some of our local schools.

Many of the local road and family names are still in French (e.g. Le Mont Cochon) although they are gradually becoming anglicised as Jèrriais and French are becoming more and more infrequent in the Island.