Sudan in general is an interesting place, and while my personal connection to the country situates me in a love-hate relationship of sorts, here I am to give you your guide. Why do you need this guide? Well, if you ever plan to go to Khartoum, Sudan or are interested in the ways, interactions, lifestyle, culture, and language of the Sudanese then you're in the right place. As a native, my guide will show you everything and anything you need to know from market haggling strategies to proper etiquette within a home. Learn how to maneuver like the indigenous people there. Don't think you'll catch on? Have no fear, I couldn't have made this guide simpler if I wanted to.

language

Any guesses on what the official language of Sudan is? *thinks to self* Please don't say Sudanese, please don't say Sudanese. Did you...did you still say Sudanese? *DEEEEP SIGGHHH* It's ok, this is what I'm here for. So the official language of Sudan is NOT Sudanese (just to be clear lol), it's Arabic in fact! So before you're off on your journey, make sure to brush up on your Arabic skills. Don't have any yet? YIKES! Just kidding, don't panic. I've created a list for you. Here are the basics:

Salam/Ahlan wa Sahlan: Hello

Ma'asalama: Goodbye

Shukran: Thank you

Afwan: You're welcome

Hamam: Bathroom

Akil: Food

Moya: Water

Laluh Shukran: No, thank you

Amjad/Taxi: Taxi

Hesab: Bill

Takhfeed: Discount (shopping-addicts rejoice)
 

While English is technically the second "official language" of Sudan, it's honestly not regarded as much as Arabic. You might find someone who knows English well enough to help you out, but do yourself a favor and make your life a little easier by getting the basics down initially. Besides being overjoyed that an "ajnaba" or foreigner is speaking Arabic, the locals will be twice as willing to help you.

 

the Area

Sadly enough, I have not been all over Sudan, even though it is my origin. I stay pretty close to Khartoum, the capital city, and venture out every once in a while. Keep in mind that Sudan is a huge country, so while this might not be an amalgamation of every area there is, these are the ones I am most familiar with and can inform you about thoroughly. If there's a location you're interested in that I didn't mention, let me know in the comments below and I'll do my best to visit, gather some information and add it to the list!

Khartoum
 

This is the area where I spend the majority of my time. It is the capital and the second largest city in Sudan. Khartoum's notoriety comes from the confluence of the Blue and White Nile. Smack dab in the middle of the city are two beautiful rivers streaming, one from Uganda and the other from Ethiopia. 

 

I'm not sure why no one ever guesses that. Maybe as the country of mixed Arab and African culture, it's become difficult to differentiate between