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 www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
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.
The sounds of Yoruba 1. N'ile oere At a Friend's House 2. Ikini ati ipade Greetings and Meetings 3. Sisoeroe nipa eniyan Talking about People 4. Wiwa ile lati renti Looking for a Place to Rent 5. Nokan aeja ati a"ae Market Product and Clothing 6. Sise ounj Cooking 7. Nipa ilera About your Health 8. Sisae nipa bi r Talking About Your Family 9. "i"apejuwe eniyan ati ilu Describing People and Towns 10. Wiwa oena Finding One's Way 11. Titun nokan "e Fixing a Problem 12. Pipade eniyan ni ibudo aekoe-ofurufu ni Eko Meeting Someone at the Airport 13. Lilae si ori"iri"i ibi Planning Different Places to Visit 14. Bawo ni ibe "e ri? What's it like There? 15. Si"e iwadii Getting Information. Grammar Summary. Key to Exercises. Yoruba-English Glossary. English-Yoruba Glossary