FSI - Kirundi - Basic Course

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Foreign Service Institute Kirundi  - Image Kirundi, together with its companion language, Kinyarwanda, is one of the most important of Bantu languages. This book is intended to give the student a start in Kirundi, providing him with dialogues that relate to some of the first situations in which he is likely to use the language, as well as with systematic practice in all major points of grammar. The present volume is one of a series of short Basic Courses in selected African languages, prepared by the Foreign Service Institute, under an agreement with the Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, under provisions of the National Defense Education Act.

This FSI Kurindi Basic course is a short basic course in Kirundi. The other necessary part of the course is a speaker of the language who can serve as tutor. In addition, there is a set of tape recordings which most students will find useful.

This course is quite frankly short, and covers only the fundamentals of the language. Anyone who completes it should be able to do three things:
1. He should be able to use fluently and with good pronunciation a few of the most common sentences and words of Kirundi.
2. He should be able to understand easily, and employ readily, the fundamental grammatical devices of the language, particularly the verb inflections and the concordial prefixes.
3. He should be accustomed to taking increasing amounts of responsibility in the process of learning more of the language, with the help of Barundi who are not professional language teachers.

Kirundi, also known as Rundi, is a dialect of the Rwanda-Rundi language spoken by nine million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and Congo-Kinshasa, as well as in Uganda. It is the official language of Burundi. (The Kinyarwanda dialect is the official language of neighboring Rwanda.) The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: Hutu (84%), Tutsi, including Hima (15%), and Twa (1%) (a pygmy people). The fact that these ethnic groups share the same language is assumed to be the result of the Hutu outnumbering the latter two groups (see Hutu for a more complete historical perspective). Neighboring dialects of Rundi are mutually intelligible with Ha, a language spoken in western Tanzania. Rundi is frequently cited as a language where Meeussen's rule, a rule describing a certain pattern of tonal change in Bantu languages, is active.

Kirundi is spoken in: Uganda

Kirundi has no known alternate names.

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