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Foreign Service Institute Luganda  - Image Luganda is a Bantu language which is spoken either as a first or as a second language by a large portion of the people of Uganda. in addition, it is closely related to some of Its neighbors, including Lunyoro and Runyankole.

This is FSI Luganda course is not a course in the usual sense. Rather, it is a collection of materials which can be useful in the interaction between teachers and learners. Although detailed suggestions are given for using these materials, much still depends on the initiative and judgment of the individuals involved in each class. A companion volume, the Luganda Pre-training Program, should be used in conjunction with the first twenty lessons.

A non-native speaker of Luganda will find that his Luganda is much more intelligible if he learns to handle pitch and length as integral parts of the language. 'Pitch' refers to height on a musical scale, and 'length' to duration in time. The surface units of duration are consonants and vowels, either of which may be single (short) or double (long). The surface units of pitch are three tones: high, low and drop. Learning to produce these units is relatively simple. What is not simple in this particular language is remembering when to use which tone. The purpose of this Synopsis is to pull together into one continuous whole all of the information that we have about pitch and duration. References back to the Synopsis are made at appropriate points throughout the Lessons themselves.

One way to describe the use of pitch and duration in Luganda would be to record the patterns used with each form of each verb and each noun, and with each sequence of two or more words, and then classify these patterns without attempting to state how they are related to one another. This kind of summary has in fact been done elsewhere, but the results have still been too complex to be of much immediate help to the ordinary learner. Our approach in this Synopsis will be to concentrate on the regularities that lie beneath the enormous complexity of the surface patterns.

The Ganda language, or Luganda, is the major language of Uganda, spoken by over sixteen million Ganda and other people mainly in Southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the NigerCongo language family. Typologically, it is a highly agglutinating language with subjectverbobject word order and nominativeaccusative morphosyntactic alignment. With about seven million first-language-speakers in the Buganda region and about ten million others with a working knowledge, it is the most widely spoken Ugandan language, and as second language it follows English and precedes Swahili. The language is used in some primary schools in Buganda as pupils begin to learn English, the primary official language of Uganda. Until the 1960s, Ganda was also the official language of instruction in primary schools in Eastern Uganda.

Luganda is spoken in: Uganda

Luganda is also called: Oluganda

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