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Walloon

walloon

Classification: Indo-European – Italic – Romance – Western Romance – Western – Galo-Iberian – Galo-Romance – Galo-Rhaetic – Oïl – Walloon

Number of speakers: It is estimated that there are between 300,000 and 600,000 speakers

Countries where it is spoken: Belgium, France and the US (Wisconsin)

Varieties:

  • Central Walloon (Belgium)
  • Eastern Walloon (Belgium)
  • Southern Walloon (Belgium and France)
  • Western Walloon (Belgium)
  • Wisconsin Walloon (US)

Example:

Tos lès-omes vinèt-st-å monde lîbes, èt so-l’minme pîd po çou qu’ènn’èst d’leu dignité èt d’leus dreûts. I n’sont nin foû rêzon èt-z-ont-i leû consyince po zèls, çou qu’èlzès deût miner a s’kidûre onk’ po l’ôte come dès frés.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

 

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