Discovering the Amharic Language

Apr 30

The latest installment of Rabbi Yochanan Bejarano on Yoma 29a (by Yochanan Bejarano)

Mar 15

Learning Twi Resources

Twi (pronounced  chwee ) is a language spoken in Ghana by about 6 million people.The Republic of Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Twi is a dialect of the Akan language, which in turn belongs…

Feb 17

What are the Origins of the Chickasaw Language?

The Chickasaw language is classified as part of the Muskogean family and is spoken by Chickasaw inhabitants. It is one of the less common Native American languages, as only about 1,000 individuals speak it.

It was much more popular during the eighteen and nineteen hundreds, when all tribes along the lower Mississippi knew it. A few descendants of Chickasaws who pretended to be white during the Trail of Tears reside in the original Chickasaw homelands of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Chickasaw is pronounced just how it reads and comes from the tribal name Chickasha, a man who was a famous Chickasaw leader. The Chickasaws are U.S. citizens who must follow American rules, just like those who are not Native Americans. The majority of speakers are middle-aged or older, with the children favoring English.

Chickasaw was chiefly an oral speech prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. As is the case with other Native American languages, there is no native writing structure as a result.

The Roman alphabet has been utilized to inscribe Chickasaw throughout the times, but there are lots of discrepancies among passages. None of these rare Chickasaw texts are officially published.

Feb 07
Jan 31

Quechua Phrases for Beginners

Quechua is a Native American language spoken in the Andes region of South America. It is the most widely spoken language of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a total approximated population of 6 to 8 million speakers.

If you need to learn Quechua words and basic Quechua phrases, then consider Talk Now Quechua . It is part of Eurotalk’s world’s best selling language learning CD-ROM series for beginners, used by more than eight million people to date. It’s ideal for travelers, holiday makers, business people, school children, students and families. Anyone beginning to learn Quechua will find the disc indispensable.

The coursecovers nine topics which include first words, food, colors, phrases, parts of the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries.

Talk Now Quechua includes a speech recording feature and allows you the ability to compare your voice with native speakers.

Two quiz levels test what you’ve learned, earn points and monitor your progress and memory games to improve your knowledge of key Quechua vocabulary.

The course also includes a printable Quechua dictionary with colour pictures. The latest version also provides a unique iPod integration so you can listen to Talk Now Quechua wherever you are!

Jan 30

Who are the Pashtun People and What Language Do They Speak?

The Pashtun people are found primarily in Afghanistan and in northwestern Pakistan. Pashtuns are also referred to as Pushtuns, Pakhtuns, Pukhtuns, and Pathans,

The primary ethnic characteristic is the use of the Pashto language and according to the Center for Applied Linguistics, the observance of Pashtunwali, set of ethnics and communal conduct.

The Pashtun people are one of the principle Afghan people groups, and in fact as Abdul Hai Habibbi notes, from the 2rd century of the common era have been referred to as Afghans.

While there are a variety of languages spoken in Afghanistan, Pashto, which is also known as Pushtu, is one of the two major languages. Pashto is spoken primarily in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. The number of Pashto-speakers is estimated to be 30-40 million, and as defined in the Constitution of Afghanistan, Pashto is an official and national language of the country.

Pashto or Pushtu is the language of the Pashtun tribe. They are indigenous inhabitants of Afghanistan. Pashto is an Iranian language and part of the Indo European family.

Pashto is spoken by about 15 million people in Afghanistan and another 20 million speakers live neighboring Pakistan, in the North-West Frontier Province.

Outside of Afghanistan and the NorthWest region of Pakistan, there are various smaller communities found throughout the region. Some are found in the Sindh region (Karachi, Hyderabad). Other smaller communities of Pashto speakers also exist in northeastern Iran.

Communities of Pashto speakers also exist in India, particularly in Muslim districts in Uttar Pradesh as well as in in certain sections of the Kashmir valley.

Jan 27

What Follows Pimsleur Spanish Comprehensive 3?

For years, students of Spanish who had selected the Pimsleur language system, had complained that nothing beyond Spanish 3 comprehensive was available. In fact, a fourth level, called Spanish plus was available. But since it was only 10 lessons, there was always a sense of disappointment that the Pimsleur series did not continue with a full fourth level.

Luckily, Simon and Schuster heard the requests made by Spanish students, and just released a fourth comprehensive level for Spanish.

Like the other levels, the fourth comprehensive program consists of thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Spanish language learning. It also includes an additonal hour of Reading Lessons, designed to expand your vocabulary and to give you practice reading Spanish.

The Pimsleur Spanish Level IV program builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s Spanish Levels I to III. You’ll be speaking and understanding Spanish with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills.


Pimsleur Mandarin Torrent

If you were looking to learn Mandarin Chinese using the Pimsleur method and were hoping to find a link to a Pimsleur Mandarin Torrent, then I am afraid we have to disappoint.

Torrents are illegal. We don’t endorse them, but we do endorse the Pimsleur method. Why? Because most people, not all, but most learn a new language audibly. In addition, its ease of use is not found in any other product. Whether its in the car, on the treadmill, or on a trip, Pimsleur Mandarin courses can be taken on the go without cumbersome books.

Despite its ease of use, after completeing Pimsleur Mandarin I, Pimsleur Mandarin II, and Pimsleur Mandarin III, you will have approximately 1200 words of practical vocabulary which will give you sufficient vocabulary to handle most daily situations.

Jan 13

Learning the Maltese Language

The Maltese language is the national language of the island of Malta, and according to the Maltese Constitution, is the co-official language of the country alongside the English language. Maltese serves as an official language of the European Union, the only Semitic language so distinguished.

According to MED Magazine (2005), Maltese is descended from Siculo-Arabic. This Arabic dialect developed in Malta, Sicily and the rest of Southern Italy sometime between the ninth and the fourteenth centuries.

AMED Magazine (2005) reports that approximately half of the vocabulary is borrowed from Italian and Sicilian,and according to the BBC Education, English words make up as much as 20% of the Maltese vocabulary. It is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet in its standard form.

Our Squidoo lens includes a number of learning Maltese resources, recommended learning tools, videos, rss feeds, and more. So if you are interested in learning Maltese.

Jan 11

Learning the Tagalog Language

Tagalog is a member of the Indonesian sub-group of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages. This group also includes Malagasy, Malay, Indonesian, and Javanese.

Tagalog is the first language of approximately 15 million people. The majority of these live in southern Luzon which includes Manila. The study of Tagalog is strongly encouraged by the Philippine government and approximately over 75 percent of the population understands the Tagalog language.

There are however 80 other languages and dialects spoken in the islands.

Tagalog was declared the national language of the Philippines in 1936. However in light of other languages, a compromise was reached in 1973 establishing Philipino as the national language. Philipino is based on Tagalog, but also incorporates elements of other Philippine languages.