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Hausa (هَوْسَ)

Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 25 million people, and as a second language by about 18 million more. It is spoken in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Togo.

Native speakers of Hausa, the Hausa people are mostly to be found in the African country of Niger and in the north of Nigeria, but the language is used as a lingua franca (similar to Swahili in East Africa) in a much larger swathe of West Africa (Accra, Abidjan, Dakar, Lomé, Cotonou, Bamako, Conakry, Ouagadougou, etc.) and Central Africa (Douala, Yaoundé, Maroua, Garoua, N'djaména, Bangui, Libreville, etc.), particularly amongst Muslims. Radio stations like BBC, Radio France Internationale, China Radio International, Voice of Russia, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and IRIB broadcast in Hausa. It is taught at universities in Africa and around the world.

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To find foods and foods and food-related items in in Hausa you may search by any of the following terms:
Africa African Benin Beninian Burkina Cameroon Cameroonian Central Faso Ghana Ghanaian Hausa Niger Nigers Nigeria Nigerian Sudan Sudanese Togo Togoese West Western

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan or Togo may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'African''.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of onion, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Hausa onion' and then click on 'Translate from English'

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as  'African' may help in a successful search.

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