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.
When I started this blog six years ago, it was hard to find the Bible in Hausa on the internet. Now you can choose between different versions, or rather, between different modes of presentation, as the words are identical. In addition to YouVersion and Visionneuse, there is now another website called BibleSearch that offers the Bible online in different languages, including Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. You can read the Bible online, it has a search function, and you can also share verses on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Just left-click on any Bible verse and see what happens! I still prefer YouVersion because it has the Hausa Bible in audio and also allows split windows where you can read English and Hausa side by side. But the new website may be more to your liking, so check it out for yourself.
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!
Some days ago, a reader of this blog complained that in the Hausa Bible version I had mentioned in one of the blog posts chapter 4 of the book of Malachi was missing. I checked and found that he was right. Probably the person who put that version online simply forgot to include the chapter. After all, the Bible contains many books and chapters.
In the meantime, I have come across another website where one can find a complete version of the Hausa Bible in Unicode, in common Catholic arrangement, together with some other Christian materials in Hausa and a paper on Hausa poetic meters. These materials have been put online by Dr. Joseph Kenny, O.P., a Dominican Friar, who has spent a large part of his life in Africa.
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:
- Hausa Good News
- Hausa: Kano Words of Life 2
- Hausa: Kano Good News
- Hausa: Sokoto Words of Life
- Hausa: Kurfey Good News
Thanks to Matt for the link again!
People keep asking me about a Hausa online bible, preferably with an English translation side by side. The good news: There is a Hausa Bible (excluding the Deutero-canonical books) available at a French web site. Deutero-canonical books are available somewhere else.
In order to make it easier to use I have prepared the following headings, which lead you directly to the different books of the Bible. Click on the Hausa title to get the Hausa version. Click on the English book title (in brackets) to get an English translation (NIV). You could open up the two versions in separate windows or copy and paste them into a document for easy comparison.
Recordings of Bible stories and christian songs in Hausa and other less commonly taught languages can be found at the website of Global Recordings Network (GRN), a Christian organisation that wants to “communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, through audio recordings, to all peoples in their own language.”Here is a link to one of the Hausa recordings:
Can you recognize which story is told?
You can find more audio files at the website of Global Recordings Network
Global Recordings Network has produced audio visual programs of Bible teaching in nearly 1000 languages. No matter what one may think about the Bible and the Christian faith, these materials are great for beginning language learners, especially for listening comprehension. One can listen to relatively simple Hausa (or whatever language one is interested in), while looking at pictures that give an idea what the message is all about. There are two Hausa programmes available online, which can be downloaded together with a series of pictures and an English script.
You can download or read online the Bible in Hausa, Swahili and other languages on the French-speaking website La Bible multilingue.
At the top of the screen, you can choose the language and the book, chapter and verse you want to read.
On a help page you find an explanation how it all works.
If you prefer to download the text and read it offline, go to the download page. There, you find all the different Bible versions:
- French Bible 2,2 Mb
- French New Testament 648 Kb
- Standard Arab New Testament 454 Kb
- Bible in Adamawa Fulfulde (Cameroon)1,4 Mb
- Bible in Hausa1,7 Mb
- New Testament in Kabyle (Algeria) 431 Kb
- John’s Gospel in Malagasy 60 Kb
- New Testament in Moore (Burkina Faso)401 Kb
- Bible in Swahili 1,7 Mb
- 10 books of the Bible in Tamajaq Tawellemet (Niger) 170 Kb
- Bible in Zarma (Niger) 1,4 Mb
You need to install Lucida Unicode or another Unicode font in order to see the special characters.