While looking for something else, I have come across YouVersion, another website which offers a Hausa translation of the Bible. So far, this is the best online Hausa Bible site I have found! The Hausa translation is the one published by the Nigerian Bible Society in 1979, which was also used on another website I described here. The difference is the way the books and chapters are presented.
You can have two translations side by side, e.g. Hausa and English:
There is also an audio version of the New Testament, so you could listen to the text while reading it:
There is also a mobile version, so you could have the bible in Hausa on your smartphone. Check it out for yourself and tell me how you like it!
SIM Nigeria is a Christian organisation working in different areas in Central and Northern Nigeria. In order to prepare their staff, they are now offering a Hausa Orientation course online. I was proud to see that my Hausa blog is mentioned in the introduction as “the place to go first” in terms of Hausa resources. I would like to return the praise: I think SIM is offering a very helpful tool, including practical language learning tips, a Hausa pronunciation guide, useful words and phrases, and many Hausa language exercises for beginners.
Five years ago, on May 20th 2006, I started this blog with a review of Philip J. Jaggar’s book Hausa. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2001. Since then, I have published posts on many different topics related to the Hausa language and other less commonly taught languages. You can find links to all the posts in the archive.
The original idea of this blog was to help people who want to learn Hausa. It was for them (and myself) that I started collecting links to Hausa texts, video, audio, blogs and other Hausa-related websites. In the meantime, I find that many — if not most — of the people who visit this blog seem to be Hausa speakers. At least, many of the comments to the posts indicate that.
I am happy about so many people visiting this blog — sometimes more than 400 per day. Also, some of my former colleagues (I was working at a German University before) have told me that they recommend my blog to their students. That is why I try to keep it up and running, even if I don’t find too much time to come up with new language learning ideas.
Let me know if you find this blog useful for your Hausa learning. And if you have ideas you would like to share (something like this or this), you could even write a guest post yourself. Hope to hear from you!
World Language Movies is a Christian website where you can download videoclips on bible stories and Christian songs as MP3 files in more than 3,000 languages. You can search their website by language names, continents, regions or countries.
The following information was sent to me as a comment to one of my earlier posts:
Radio France Internationale has launched a new web site for its Hausa service.
The new site http://www.hausa.rfi.fr is designed to provide its millions of listeners worldwide with latest updates on events and developments around the world. We are also happy to present dramatic improvements in online navigation around our in-depth analysis and special coverage of regional issues as well, as accessibility to Rfi’s vast array of online resources.
With an eye-catching design integrated in RFI’s rich colours, the new site grants visitors instant access to a continual stream of International News, Magazine Programmes, Special Dossiers and broadcast archives, all in Hausa language. The online visitor has immediate access to the web site’s major topic areas that allow browsing and searching through information about Nigeria, Niger Republic, France and all other parts of world.
As part of the Rfi global network; Rfi Hausa has links to our numerous language sites providing Music, News, Weather and Language Lessons produced by one of the world’s largest radio stations. Join the global community keeping in touch through Radio France Internationale. Log on to Rfi Hausa and stay informed.
For further information please contact:
VON Broadcasting House, Cardinal Okogie Way
Ikoyi – Lagos, Nigeria
+234-1-7401456 / +2347030177358 firstname.lastname@example.org
At fsi-language-courses.org one can find language courses developed by the US Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain. The course materials are made freely available in an electronic format through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to scan and OCR the old course books and digitize the accompanying tapes. Check out what is available for Hausa and other LCTLs.
Starting from the main menu, you could choose to do a vocabulary quiz:
What I found most useful is a tool where you can listen to an easy Hausa text and read it alongside:
Whenever you point your mouse on a word in bold print, an explanation of the word is given underneath the text. In the following screenshot, I pointed on allo:
The only criticism I have is the orthography, which doesn’t differentiate between normal and hooked letters. Also, there are many typos. Still, I think this resource can be very useful for beginning Hausa learners.