More and more videoclips in Hausa can be found on YouTube. Here are a few video channels:
Which other channels do you know?
Nearly two years ago, I wrote a short blog post about a translation of a film on the life of Jesus (produced by the Jesus film project) in Hausa. On another web site, it can now be watched in full length or in short sections and also be downloaded. It has been produced in various other languages. Check out the web site jesusfilmmedia.org to see what is available.
I know that many people have been watching Hausa videoclips on this blog. There used to be a “widget” on the left, where one could find them. Due to a problem with the blog service provider, this widget doesn’t show right now. If you would still like to watch the Hausa videoclips I have collected, follow this link: Hausa Videos
Watching Hausa films is an entertaining way to learn the Hausa language and also get insights into the Hausa culture. More and more films – some of them with English subtitles – can be found on YouTube. I have just added a number to my Hausa films collection. a growing number of quality Hausa films can be found on the YouTube channel hausafilmstv.
Now I have come across HausaFilms.tv, “a collaborative wiki-based website and directory set out to disseminate organized and accurate information about Hausa films. Here you’ll find a sortable/filterable list of Hausa films, list of Hausa actors and actresses, directors, producers, musicians, etc., and also news and links relating to the industry. “
(via Boston University) In the African Languages Proverbs Project, the Boston University African Studies Center has collected short performances by African theater troupes in their native languages. These languages include Wolof from Senegal, Hausa from Niger, Amharic from Ethiopia, Xhosa and Zulu from South Africa and Swahili from Tanzania. Each performance focuses on one of ten common proverbs and places them within a cultural and social context. These videos are designed for advanced students of the languages and are an invaluable tool for developing language proficiency and cultural competence.
The following video explains the Hausa proverb ‘In ka iya ruwa, ka iya laka?‘
I have added this and all the other Hausa proverb videos to my Hausa video collection.
A large number of Hausa proverbs can be found in my Hausa proverbs blog.
More on Hausa proverbs can be found on Twitter and Facebook:
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 is available in Hausa:
Thanks to Matt for the link again!
On YouTube, I found the following Hausa movie which Hausa students wrote and produced in honor of the Jos crises of 2010. Their Hausa isn’t perfect but I like the idea:
The “Jesus film” is a 2 hour docudrama on the life of Jesus Christ based on the Gospel of Luke. It has been translated into more than 1,000 languages — including Hausa — since its 1979 release. It has been put on the internet by Inspirational films.com and can be watched online following this link. I have also added (a link to) the Jesus film to my Hausa video collection.