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Hausa materials in the African Language Materials Archive (ALMA)

ALMA logoThe African Language Materials Archive (ALMA) is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It also serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

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Hausar Baka: a Hausa video course

In one of the first posts on this blog, I mentioned “Hausar Baka”, a Hausa video course which is available on video tape or CD. In my last post, you could see an interview with the person who produced it, Prof. Russell G. Schuh.

There is also a website, Hausar Baka Online, where the content of the tapes is explained:

HAUSAR BAKA is a set of 3 videotapes comprising about 5 hours of natural interaction in Hausa. Filmed in and around Kano, Nigeria, the more than 90 individual video segments show a broad range of cultural milieus, from domestic interaction in families through a tour of Daura, the site where, according to legend, the seven Hausa states originated. The segments are arranged in groups, beginning with greetings and simple question-answer dialogs, advancing through more complex interaction and narrative. Over fifty different individuals–men and women, children and adults–appear in the videos, representing a broad range of speaking styles.

On the website, there are materials which can be downloaded:

New feature: Watch Hausa Videos on this blog

I have added a new feature: You can now watch Hausa videos right on this blog. In order to add that feature, I have opened up an account at vodpod.com (you can get one for free, too). From time to time, whenever I see a nice Hausa video somewhere, I will add it to this account. Tell me how you like this new feature!