English is the official language of Guyana, which is the only South American country with English as the official language.
Guyanese Creole (an English-based creole with African and/or East Indian syntax) is widely spoken in Guyana.
A number of Amerindian languages are also spoken by a minority of the population. These include Cariban languages such as Macushi, Akawaio and Wai-Wai; Arawakan languages such as Arawak (or Lokono) and Wapishana.
Other languages spoken include Chinese, Hindi and Tamil .
Second and third languages
Portuguese is an increasingly widely used as a second language in Guyana, particularly in the south of the country, bordering on Brazil. French is widely taught in secondary schools along with Spanish as foreign languages.