Malagasy is the national language of Madagascar, along with French. Although the island nation of Madagascar is located just across the Mozambique Channel from the African continent, Malagasy belongs to the Austronesian family of languages. Anthropologists theorize that 2,000 years ago, the first humans to arrive in Madagascar were sea-farers from Indonesia. Over the past two millennia, other African migrants and Arab traders settled in Madagascar to create the Malagasy people’s diverse and fascinating identity. Malagasy is a unique, yet thriving language. Spoken by nearly 26 million people, it is the dominant language of the country.

The Malagasy courses offered at the University of Pennsylvania are always taught through the lens of culture. Both instructors believe that language education is not complete until it is put into cultural context.

Travis Aldous

Alex Delbar