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New Hausa Podcasts

The Hausa section of Deutsche Welle has launched a new podcast “Taɓa Ka Lashe”, which deals with culture and religion issues :

Muna gabatar muku da shirye-shirye masu ƙayatarwa da suka shafi al’adu da zamantakewa tsakanin al’ummomi da mabiya addinai daban-daban da nufin kyautata tsarin zamantakewa da fahimtar juna ta hanyar tuntuɓar juna da shawarwari tsakani ba tare da nuna fifiko akan wani ba.

The podcast can be subscribed to using the following link: http://rss.dw-world.de/xml/podcast_hau_kultur

The Hausa Section of Radio France Internationale has also launched a Hausa News Podcast, which can be subscribed to using the follwing link: http://www.rfi.fr/radiofr/podcast/LabarunmuHausa.xml

If you have never subscribed to any podcasts and don’t know what to do with this information, have a look here.


30th Anniversary of VOA Hausa Service

Two weeks ago, Voice of America’s (VOA) Hausa Service celebrated its 30th anniversary at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The VOA Hausa Service reaches over 20 million people on shortwave, medium wave and affiliate stations in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Ghana. In Nigeria alone, VOA Hausa enjoys a weekly audience of over 47 percent. Its programs are also available on the Internet at www.VOANews.com/Hausa.

Read about this anniversary in Hausa:

Sashen Hausa Na Muryar Amurka Yana Bukukuwan Cika Shekaru 30

Audio files at Muryar Jamus

I have noticed a new feature on the website of Muryar Jamus, the Hausa service of radio Deutsche Welle. Underneath many of the news item, one can now see a small loudspeaker symbol. If you click on it, a popup window will appear and one can read the following:

Please note the following: For the Internet Explorer versions 5.0 or higher, you will only be able to listen to MP3 files directly when you click on the icon. If you would like to save the file on your hard drive, click on the icon with the right mouse button and select “save under” from the menu. Then choose where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

So it is now possible to listen to the news item while reading it. Or, if you prefer to listen to it later, you can download it and save it on your computer or MP3 player.

The content and vocabulary of Hausa news is usually too advanced for a beginning learner of Hausa, but listening to a text while reading it may help.

Hausa letters to Radio Deutsche Welle

Recently I found that Hausa letters to the Hausa section of Radio Deutsche Welle provide very nice reading material for intermediate Hausa learners. In these letters, readers ask curious questions like the following: Wace mace ce ta fi kud’i a Duniya? (Who is the richest woman in the world?) or Wace Teku ce mafi girma a wannan Duniya tamu? (Which is the deepest ocean in the world?) These questions are then answered by one of the Hausa staff.

You can find all the questions sent to Radio Deutsche Welle and the answers given by their staff in the section called Amsoshin takardunku.

Here is a list of the topics dealt with in these letters in the last months:

Hausa On Your Desktop via RSS

You can get news and background information in Hausa delivered directly to your computer via RSS from the Hausa section of Radio Deutsche Welle.

They offer the following RSS feeds:

DW-WORLD.DE’s Hausa News

DW-WORLD.DE’s Hausa Politics

You need to copy the URLs into your news aggregator (sometimes also called feed reader) software to subscribe. Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 have integrated support for RSS feeds. If you use Mozilla Thunderbird as your email software, it can also be used as a simple news aggregator. Here is a list of news aggregators.

If you don’t know RSS yet, you can read more about it at the BBC website.

VoA Hausa News: Another good source for reading and listening to Hausa

Another good source for reading and listening to Hausa is the Hausa section of Voice of America (Muryar Amurka). VoA produces radio programmes in 44 languages and TV programmes in 24 languages.

A very useful feature is the sitemap (Abubuwan Dake Wannan Dandali ). Here, you can pick the topics (Fannoni Dabam-dabam) you want to read about, e.g. education (ilmi) or politics (siyasa). Or else, you can just use the menu to find your way.

Unfortunately, the Hausa “hooked letters” are not marked as such.

Many of the news stories can be downloaded as MP3 files here.