French , which was inherited from the colonial era , is the official
language of Senegal. It is used by the administration and understood
by about 15–20% of all males and about 1–2% of all women. Senegal
is a member State of the Organisation internationale de la
Francophonie . A Senegalese,
Several of the Senegalese languages have the status of "national languages ": Balanta-Ganja , Hassaniya Arabic , Jola-Fonyi , Mandinka , Mandjak , Mankanya , Noon (Serer-Noon), Pulaar , Serer , Soninke , and Wolof .
In terms of usage, Wolof is the lingua franca and the most widely spoken language in Senegal, as a first or second language (80%).
Mande languages spoken include Soninke , and Mandinka . Jola (Diola)
is a main language in the
A report for the High Council of Francophonie in Paris stated in 1986 that in Senegal, 60,000 people spoke French as a first languag