Colloquial Somali: A Complete Language Course

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Foreign Language Study - 295 pages
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Colloquial Somali: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Somali 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 Somali in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Colloquial Somali 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 about life in Somalia
  • An overview of the sounds of Somali

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

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.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
viii
How are you?
11
Good morning
26
Bill and Zaynab
38
Bill is going to the Horn of Africa
56
The airport
72
The taxi
88
The beginning of the journey
147
Staying in a village
165
Are you ill?
184
The newspaper
203
The radio
223
Grammatical tables
237
Key to exercises
248
EnglishSomali glossary
266

The hotel
105
Bill makes a telephone call
117
Bill changes some money
131
SomaliEnglish glossary
279
Index
293
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