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Somali language learning materials

Courses, Grammars, Dictionaries & phrasebooks, Other books about Somalia


Colloquial Somali

Colloquial Somali: A Complete Language Course

by Marin Orwin

- a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Somali. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Includes lots of exercises for regular practice, concise grammar notes, a useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide, and and answer key and special reference section.

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Talk Now! Somali

Talk Now Learn Somali: Essential Words and Phrases for Absolute Beginners

by Eurotalk

- a basic introduction to Somali. Includes dialogues, exercises, games, tests and notes in numerous languages. Introduces a fairly limited amount of vocabulary and phrases, but does so in an effective and fun way.

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A Grammar of the Somali Language

A Grammar of the Somali Language: With Examples in Prose and Verse, and an Account of the Yibir and Midgan Dialects

by J.W.C. Kirk

- a practical grammar, published in 1905, prepared by a former soldier with a unique knowledge of the interior of the country and the different tribes making up the population of Somali.

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Dictionaries and phrasebooks

Somali - English Dictionary

Somali - English Dictionary

by Maxamud Jaamac Qoorsheel

- covers all the words you need for everyday use in Somali language, and includs many scientific and technical terms which have become a part of the English and Somali languages as spoken or written today.

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English-Somali and Somali-English Dictionary

English-Somali Somali-English Dictionary / Ingirisi Soomaali Qaamuus Soomaali Ingiris

by Mohamud Korshel

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Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook

Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook: Spoken in Somalia and Ethiopia

by Nicholas Awde

- includes vocabulary sections, a phrasebook, pronunciation, and a brief outline of Somali grammar rules and information on local culture.

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Other books about Somalia

Understanding Somalia and Somaliland: Culture, History and Society

Understanding Somalia and Somaliland: Culture, History and Society

by Ioan Lewis

- a guide to Somali culture and recent history. Written by the global authority on Somalia, this succinct volume highlights the salient aspects of the history and culture of the Somali people, distilling for the non-specialist in a readily accessible form.

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