Every year it’s the same ritual or promise: making resolutions but few of us hold them – including myself. This year I will not disclose my “goals” but I would rather weekly talk about it here.
For those of you who really want to get a new “language resolution” and want to learn an African language, Let’s start it 🙂
When you want to learn an “exotic” language, is a bit more difficult to find online resources. As for African languages, it is easy to find basic content for learning them such as Twi, Zulu, Lingala, Ewe, Igbo or Yoruba. For those that are less commun, there are fewer resources. Check this section on the site for the list of African Languages that I have documented.
There are two major factors that come into account when someone wants to learn a language: resources and motivation.
When bookstores offer resources you have to have a little more ingenuity to find resources. During my conference in New York in 2015, I explained the importance of finding information on the internet. To help you more, I invite you to watch the video.
This is crucial and determines the success of learning a new language. The process takes between 3 and 6 months for the most determined but it also requires everyday work. When I learned Swahili for the first time I did apply the rule so, I quickly loose motivation!
How do you get it?
- Social networks:
At the beginning of learning my mother tongue, social networks have been my greatest ally.
- Facebook Groups
I love facebook groups because that’s where you can have information that you will not necessarily find on the net. Facebook groups are similar to forum discussions.
- Mobile applications
More and more mobile applications are available on Android and Apple Store to learn languages. The world’s largest online learning apprenticeship Duolingo also offers Swahili on it’s site.
Genii games an African startup also proposes to learn Igbo and Yoruba
- Meetup of languages
The Meetup site is hosting workshops or meetings to learn and communicate in the desired language. If you don’t find the language that you are currently learning, my suggestion is to create your own!
- Community Associations
The best way to get in contact with native speakers is to participate in their activity by volunteering and participating in their activities.
I use two tools primarily to practice languages:
Tools where I’m able to record an audio
- Facebook Messenger
I use to attend meetup in the past but it’s not the case anymore! 🙁
Depending on individual goals, it is possible to learn a more exotic language even if the internet does not have all the resources required. Let me know in the comment below how you do to learn an exotic language?