THE MALAGASY LANGUAGE
On the island of Madagascar, more than 26 million people speak the Malagasy language. Recognized as an official language alongside French, it is the only indigenous language spoken in Madagascar. Many assume Malagasy is rooted in African languages because of its location, but it is more closely related to Malayo-Polynesian languages.
As one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world, Madagascar’s unique culture, landscape, and rare plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world, cause it to remain attractive to travelers and scientists from around the globe.