French is the official language of the department, though Reunionnaise Creole is also commonly spoken. Mandarin, Hakka and Cantonese are spoken by the Chinese community, but their numbers are dropping as younger generations start to converse in French. The number of speakers of Indian languages is also dropping sharply. Arabic is taught in mosques and spoken by a small community of Arabs. The island’s community of Muslims from North Western India and elsewhere are also commonly referred to as Arabs.