The official language of Sierra Leone, used in government and business, is English. However, many Leoneans speak another language in day-to-day living. The most common language encountered in Freetown is Krio. While Krio has its own distinct linguistic structure, it borrows heavily from English, Portuguese, French, and other local languages.
While it is possible to obtain lessons and other materials to learn Krio, most expatriates find that the best method is to simply converse regularly with local speakers. It is possible for English and Krio speakers to communicate with patience and effort.