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Gestures, Greetings and Manners in Maldives

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The national language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi. Dhivehi language is an offshoot of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is a pidgin language that combines the basic syntax of the Sri Lankan language Sinhala with words, phrases and grammar borrowed from every nationality that has used the island nation as an anchorage over the centuries. Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Dravidian, French, Portuguese and English influences can all be found in Dhivehi,

Dhivehi language is an offshoot of the Indo-Aryan language family.

It is a pidgin language that combines the basic syntax of the Sri Lankan language Sinhala with words, phrases and grammar borrowed from every nationality that has used the island nation as an anchorage over the centuries.

Though Dhivehi is the official language, English language is widely spoken in the country.

English is also used as the business language.

Practically every Maldivian speaks English because it’s the language used in Maldivian schools.

English is the Maldives’ unofficial second language.

If you have already reserved a room at a resort, there would be no problem when it comes to speaking with them because almost all resort islands and hotels employee are trained to converse in different languages, especially English.

Also, some offer translating services of renowned international languages like English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.

If you want to ask if they speak English, you ask “Ingireysin vaahaka dhakkan ingeytha?” When meeting a local for the first time, a handshake is the most common form of greeting, accompanied by the Arabic expression ‘Assalaam Alaikum’, which can be roughly translated to “Peace be upon you” in English.