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Colloquial Yoruba
The Complete Course for Beginners

ISBN 9781138960435
Published August 13, 2015 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Colloquial Yoruba: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Yoruba as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Yoruba in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Colloquial Yoruba is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

Key features include:

  • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
  • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
  • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
  • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Nigeria
  • An overview of the sounds of Yoruba

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Yoruba is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Yoruba.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents

The sounds of Yorùbá  1. N’ílé örê At a Friend’s House  2. Ìkíni àti ìpádé  Greetings and Meetings  3. Sísörö nípa ènìyàn Talking about People  4. Wíwá ilé láti rêñtì Looking for a Place to Rent  5. Nõkan æjà àti a«æ Market Product and Clothing  6. Síse oúnj÷ Cooking  7. Nípa ìlera About your Health  8. Sísæ nípa ÷bí r÷ Talking About Your Family  9. »í«àpèjúwe ènìyàn àti ìlú Describing People and Towns  10. Wìwá önà Finding One’s Way  11. Títún nõkan »e Fixing a Problem  12. Pípàdé ènìyàn ní ibùdó ækö-òfurufú ní Èkó Meeting Someone at the Airport  13. Lílæ sí orí«irí«i ibi Planning Different Places to Visit  14. Báwo ni ibë «e rí? What’s it like There?  15. Sí«e ìwádìí Getting Information.  Grammar Summary.  Key to Exercises.  Yorùbá-English Glossary.  English-Yorùbá Glossary

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Antonia Schleicher is Professor at the Department of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the National African Language Resource Center there. She is the author of Je K'A Ka Yoruba, the main US textbook for the language.


'an excellent bridge for an obvious gap in the acquisition of Yoruba ... It is systematic, simple and clear' Oluseye Adesola, Yale University, USA