FSI - Yoruba Basic Course

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Yoruba - Pronunciation - Introduction, pIV

Yoruba - Pronunciation - Nasalized Vowels, pIX

Yoruba - Pronunciation - The Consonants of Yoruba, pXI

Yoruba - Pronunciation - The Vowels of Pronunciation - Yoruba, pVII

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill b vs. gb - a., pXIV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill b vs. gb - b., pXIV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill b vs. gb - c., pXIV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill b vs. gb - d., pXV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill gb vs. p - a., pXV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill gb vs. p - b., pXV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill gb vs. p - c., pXV

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill gb vs. p - d., pXVI

Yoruba - Pronunciation Drill gb vs. p - e., pXVI

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 1. Low Rise vs. Low Low, p1

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 10. Low Mid vs. Low Low, p17

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 11. Mid High vs. Low Rise, p19

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 12. High Fall vs. Mid Low, p22

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 13. Mid Low vs. Low Low, p24

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 14. High Mid vs. High Fall, p26

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 15. Low Rise vs. Low Mid, p28

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 16. Mid High vs. Low Mid, p30

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 17. High Mid vs. Mid Low, p32

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 18. High High vs. Mid Mid, p34

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 19. Mid Mid vs. Low Low, p36

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 2. High Fall vs. High High, p2

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 20. Review, p39

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 21. One mora vs. two, level pitch, p40

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 22. One mora vs. two, glides, p42

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 23. High Mid vs. High Second, p44

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 24. Rise vs. Fall in larger context, p46

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 25. High Rise High vs. High Mid High, p47

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 26. High Mid High vs. High Second High, p47

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 27. High High Fall vs. High X Low, p48

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 28. Low vs. Fall, p48

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 29. High Mid vs. High X, p48

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 3. Low Rise vs. High Fall, p3

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 30. Alternating Rises and Falls, p49

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 4. High High vs. Mid High, p5

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 5. High Mid vs. Mid Mid, p7

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 6. Mid Mid vs. Low Mid, p9

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 7. High High vs. High Mid, p11

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 8. Mid High vs. Mid Mid, p13

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series I - 9. Mid Mid vs. Mid Low, p15

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 1. Low-RISE LOW-Mid vs. Low-LOW LOW-Mid, p53

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 10. High-FALL LOW-Mid vs. High-MID LOW-Mid, p57

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 11. High-HIGH LOW-Mid vs. High-FALL LOW-Mid, p57

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 12. Combination of Drills 9, 10 and 11, p57

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 13. Extension of Drill 12 to segmentally diverse utterances, p58

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 14. Mid-HIGH MID-Mid vs. Mid-MID MID-Mid, p58

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 15. Mid-MID MID-Mid vs. Mid-LOW MID-Mid, p58

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 16. Combination of Drills 14 and 15, p58

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 17. Mid-HIGH MID-Low vs. Mid-MID MID-Low, p59

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 18. Mid-MID MID-Low vs. Mid-LOW MID-Low, p59

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 19. Extension of Drills 17 and 18 to segmentally diverse utterances, p59

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 2. Low-HIGH LOW-Mid vs. Low-MID LOW-Mid, p53

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 20. Mid-MID LOW-Mid vs. Mid-MID MID-Low, p60

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 21. Mid-HIGH LOW-Mid vs. Mid-HIGH MID-Low, p60

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 22. Extension of Drills 20 and 21, p60

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 23. Low-RISE MID-Low vs. Low-MID MID-Low, p61

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 24. High-SECOND MID-Mid vs. High-SECOND SECOND-Mid, p61

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 25. High-MID MID-Low vs. High-SECOND SECOND-Low, p61

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 26. High-HIGH MID-Low vs. High-MID MID-Low, p62

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 27. High-SECOND LOW-Mid vs. High-MID LOW-Mid, p62

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 28. High-SECOND MID-Low vs. High-MID MID-Low, p63

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 29. High-SECOND Low-Mid vs. High-FALL LOW-Mid, p63

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 3. Combination of Drills 1 and 2, p54

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 4. Extension of Drill 3 to segmentally diverse utterances, p54

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 5. Mid-HIGH LOW-Mid vs. Mid-MID LOW-Mid, p55

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 6. Mid-MID LOW-Mid vs. Mid-LOW LOW-Mid, p55

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 7. Extension of Drills 5 and 6 to segmentally diverse utterances, p55

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 8. Combination of all preceding drills, p56

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - 9. High-HIGH LOW-Mid vs. High-MID LOW-Mid, p56

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series II - Tone contrasts on two-more vowels

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 1, p64

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 2, p65

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 3, p65

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 4, p66

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 5, p66

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 6, p67

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 7, p68

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 8, p69

Yoruba -Tone Drills Series III - 9, p70

Yoruba -Tones - Condensation, pXXI

Yoruba -Tones - The Tones of Yoruba, pXVI

Yoruba -Tones - Tonal Differences Among Speakers of Yoruba, pXIX

Yoruba -Tones - Tone Drills, pXXI

Yoruba -Tones - Vowel Length, pXIX

Yoruba -Unit 1 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p73

Yoruba -Unit 1 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p73

Yoruba -Unit 1 - C. Exercises, p75

Yoruba -Unit 1 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p75

Yoruba -Unit 1 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p76

Yoruba -Unit 10 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p112

Yoruba -Unit 10 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p112

Yoruba -Unit 10 - C. Exercises Part 1, p114

Yoruba -Unit 10 - C. Exercises Part 2, p115

Yoruba -Unit 10 - C. Exercises Part 3, p116

Yoruba -Unit 10 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p116

Yoruba -Unit 10 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p118

Yoruba -Unit 11 - A. Basic Diague for Fluency, p120

Yoruba -Unit 11 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p120

Yoruba -Unit 11 - C. Exercises Part 1, p121

Yoruba -Unit 11 - C. Exercises Part 2, p122

Yoruba -Unit 11 - C. Exercises Part 3, p122

Yoruba -Unit 11 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p123

Yoruba -Unit 11 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p124

Yoruba -Unit 12 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p125

Yoruba -Unit 12 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p125

Yoruba -Unit 12 - C. Exercises Part 1, p127

Yoruba -Unit 12 - C. Exercises Part 2, p127

Yoruba -Unit 12 - C. Exercises Part 3, p128

Yoruba -Unit 12 - C. Exercises Part 4, p128

Yoruba -Unit 12 - D. Supplementary Material, p129

Yoruba -Unit 12 - Extra Material, p129

Yoruba -Unit 13 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p130

Yoruba -Unit 13 - C. Exercises Part 1, p132

Yoruba -Unit 13 - C. Exercises Part 2, p133

Yoruba -Unit 13 - C. Exercises Part 3, p133

Yoruba -Unit 13 - C. Exercises Part 4, p133

Yoruba -Unit 13 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p134

Yoruba -Unit 13 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p135

Yoruba -Unit 14 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p136

Yoruba -Unit 14 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p136

Yoruba -Unit 14 - C. Exercises, p138

Yoruba -Unit 14 - D. Supplementary Material, p138

Yoruba -Unit 15 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p139

Yoruba -Unit 15 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p139

Yoruba -Unit 15 - C. Exercises, p141

Yoruba -Unit 15 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p142

Yoruba -Unit 15 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p142

Yoruba -Unit 16 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p143

Yoruba -Unit 16 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p143

Yoruba -Unit 16 - C. Exercises Part 1, p145

Yoruba -Unit 16 - C. Exercises Part 2, p145

Yoruba -Unit 16 - C. Exercises Part 3, p146

Yoruba -Unit 16 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p147

Yoruba -Unit 16 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p147

Yoruba -Unit 17 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p148

Yoruba -Unit 17 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p148

Yoruba -Unit 17 - C. Exercises Part 1, p149

Yoruba -Unit 17 - C. Exercises Part 2, p150

Yoruba -Unit 17 - D. Supplementary Material, p150

Yoruba -Unit 18 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p157

Yoruba -Unit 18 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p157

Yoruba -Unit 18 - C. Exercises Part 1, p159

Yoruba -Unit 18 - C. Exercises Part 2, p160

Yoruba -Unit 18 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p160

Yoruba -Unit 18 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p161

Yoruba -Unit 19 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p162

Yoruba -Unit 19 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p162

Yoruba -Unit 19 - C. Exercises, p164

Yoruba -Unit 2 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p77

Yoruba -Unit 2 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p77

Yoruba -Unit 2 - C. Exercises, p79

Yoruba -Unit 2 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p80

Yoruba -Unit 2 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p80

Yoruba -Unit 2 - D. Supplementary Material Part 3, p80

Yoruba -Unit 20 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p166

Yoruba -Unit 20 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p166

Yoruba -Unit 20 - C. Exercises, p167

Yoruba -Unit 20 - D. Supplementary Material, p168

Yoruba -Unit 21 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p171

Yoruba -Unit 21 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p171

Yoruba -Unit 21 - C. Exercises, p173

Yoruba -Unit 22 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p174

Yoruba -Unit 22 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p174

Yoruba -Unit 22 - C. Exercises, p177

Yoruba -Unit 23 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p179

Yoruba -Unit 23 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p179

Yoruba -Unit 23 - C. Exercises, p180

Yoruba -Unit 24 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p181

Yoruba -Unit 24 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p181

Yoruba -Unit 24 - C. Exercises, p183

Yoruba -Unit 25 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p185

Yoruba -Unit 25 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p185

Yoruba -Unit 25 - C. Exercises, p186

Yoruba -Unit 26 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p188

Yoruba -Unit 26 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p188

Yoruba -Unit 26 - C. Exercises, p190

Yoruba -Unit 27 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p192

Yoruba -Unit 27 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p192

Yoruba -Unit 27 - C. Exercises, p194

Yoruba -Unit 28 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p195

Yoruba -Unit 28 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p195

Yoruba -Unit 28 - C. Exercises, p197

Yoruba -Unit 29 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p198

Yoruba -Unit 29 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p198

Yoruba -Unit 29 - C. Exercises, p200

Yoruba -Unit 3 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p81

Yoruba -Unit 3 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p81

Yoruba -Unit 3 - C. Exercises, p83

Yoruba -Unit 3 - D. Supplementary Material, p84

Yoruba -Unit 30 - A. Review, p202

Yoruba -Unit 31 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p204

Yoruba -Unit 31 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p204

Yoruba -Unit 31 - C. Exercises, p206

Yoruba -Unit 32 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p208

Yoruba -Unit 32 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p208

Yoruba -Unit 32 - C. Exercises, p210

Yoruba -Unit 33 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p212

Yoruba -Unit 33 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p212

Yoruba -Unit 33 - C. Exercises, p214

Yoruba -Unit 34 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p215

Yoruba -Unit 34 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p215

Yoruba -Unit 34 - C. Exercises, p217

Yoruba -Unit 35 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p218

Yoruba -Unit 35 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p218

Yoruba -Unit 35 - C. Exercises, p220

Yoruba -Unit 36 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p221

Yoruba -Unit 36 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p221

Yoruba -Unit 36 - C. Exercises, p223

Yoruba -Unit 37 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p224

Yoruba -Unit 37 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p224

Yoruba -Unit 37 - C. Exercises, p226

Yoruba -Unit 38 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p227

Yoruba -Unit 38 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p227

Yoruba -Unit 38 - C. Exercises, p229

Yoruba -Unit 39 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p231

Yoruba -Unit 39 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p231

Yoruba -Unit 39 - C. Exercises, p233

Yoruba -Unit 4 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p85

Yoruba -Unit 4 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p85

Yoruba -Unit 4 - C. Exercises Part 1, p87

Yoruba -Unit 4 - C. Exercises Part 2, p87

Yoruba -Unit 4 - D. Supplementary Material, p89

Yoruba -Unit 40 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p234

Yoruba -Unit 40 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p234

Yoruba -Unit 40 - C. Exercises, p237

Yoruba -Unit 41 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p238

Yoruba -Unit 41 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p238

Yoruba -Unit 41 - C. Exercises, p240

Yoruba -Unit 42 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p242

Yoruba -Unit 42 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p242

Yoruba -Unit 42 - C. Exercises (cont'd), p244

Yoruba -Unit 42 - C. Exercises, p244

Yoruba -Unit 43 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p247

Yoruba -Unit 43 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p247

Yoruba -Unit 43 - Extra Material

Yoruba -Unit 43 - List of Monetary Terms, p249

Yoruba -Unit 44 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p252

Yoruba -Unit 44 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p252

Yoruba -Unit 44 - C. Exercises, p254

Yoruba -Unit 44 - Names of some kinds of edible animals, p254

Yoruba -Unit 45 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p256

Yoruba -Unit 45 - C. Exercises, p257

Yoruba -Unit 46 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p258

Yoruba -Unit 46 - C. Exercises, p259

Yoruba -Unit 47 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p261

Yoruba -Unit 47 - C. Exercises, p263

Yoruba -Unit 48 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p265

Yoruba -Unit 49 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p267

Yoruba -Unit 5 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p90

Yoruba -Unit 5 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p90

Yoruba -Unit 5 - C. Exercises Part 1, p93

Yoruba -Unit 5 - C. Exercises Part 2, p93

Yoruba -Unit 5 - D. Supplementary Material, p94

Yoruba -Unit 6 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p95

Yoruba -Unit 6 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p95

Yoruba -Unit 6 - C. Exercises Part 1, p97

Yoruba -Unit 6 - C. Exercises Part 2, p97

Yoruba -Unit 6 - D. Supplementary Material, p98

Yoruba -Unit 7 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p99

Yoruba -Unit 7 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p99

Yoruba -Unit 7 - C. Exercises Part 1, p101

Yoruba -Unit 7 - C. Exercises Part 2, p102

Yoruba -Unit 7 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p103

Yoruba -Unit 7 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p103

Yoruba -Unit 7 - D. Supplementary Material Part 3, p104

Yoruba -Unit 8 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p104

Yoruba -Unit 8 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p104

Yoruba -Unit 8 - C. Exercises Part 1, p106

Yoruba -Unit 8 - C. Exercises Part 2, p106

Yoruba -Unit 8 - D. Supplementary Material Part 1, p107

Yoruba -Unit 8 - D. Supplementary Material Part 2, p108

Yoruba -Unit 9 - A. Basic Dialogue for Fluency, p108

Yoruba -Unit 9 - A. Basic Dialogue for Learning, p108

Yoruba -Unit 9 - C. Exercises Part 1, p110

Yoruba -Unit 9 - C. Exercises Part 2, p111

Yoruba -Unit 9 - D. Supplementary Material, p111


Foreign Service Institute Yoruba  - Image Yoruba, unlike most African languages, has been made the subject of careful study by a number of competent scholars, who have produced for it highly useful dictionaries and grammatical studies. The primary goal of this book is therefore not so much to describe as to inculcate speech habits; matters of pronunciation and grammar which have, for the most part, been described thoroughly by previous writers are made the subject of an extensive set of drill materials, both printed and recorded.

The organization of this course is based on three assumptions.

(1) Yoruba is a moderately difficult language for Westerners to learn.
(2) The greatest source of difficulty lies in the accurate hearing and reproduction of tone. These difficulties are sufficiently serious so that only the exceptionally talented student can learn rapidly and well from a course that slights the tonal aspect of the language.
(3) Things to be learned—new skills to be acquired—should confront the student one at a time, and should be arranged in such an order that his progress will be as smooth as possible.

Accordingly, Yoruba Basic Course has been divided into a number of parts. First are three series of tone drills which concentrate respectively on the tone patterns of short vowels in short utterances, the tone patterns of long or double vowels in short utterances, and the tone patterns of longer utterances. Following the tone drills is a series of 49 lesson units. Of these, the first 20 introduce and drill those aspects of the grammar which involve changes in tone and vowel length.

Notes and exercises accompany each unit. Following the lesson units themselves is a series of sentences, somewhat in the style of a phrase book, from which the student is encouraged to choose those that suit his own needs. In addition to choosing the sentences, the student has the added responsibility of constructing his own exercises based on them. The course as a whole, then, leads the student from tightly controlled work on quite narrowly restricted drills, to the exercise of ever-increasing initiative and responsibility.

The Yoruba language is a NigerCongo language spoken in West Africa. The number of speakers of Yoruba was estimated at around 20 million in the 1990s. The native tongue of the Yoruba people is spoken, among other languages, in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo and in communities in other parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas. A variety of the language, Lucumi, from olukunmi is used as the liturgical language of the Santeria religion of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the United States. It is most closely related to the Owo and Itsekiri language (spoken in the Niger-Delta) and Igala spoken in central Nigeria. Yoruba is classified within the Edekiri languages, which together with Itsekiri and the isolate Igala form the Yoruboid group of languages within the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo phylum. The linguistic unity of the Niger-Congo phylum dates to deep prehistory, estimates ranging around 15 kya (the end of the Upper Paleolithic). The AtlanticCongo core of this group would have formed roughly 8,000 years ago. The Benue-Congo branch (which also includes the Bantoid branch) separated from Atlantic-Congo around the 5th millennium BC, ultimately spreading out in the Bantu expansion, while Volta-Niger is one of the branches formed by the peoples who remained in the Atlantic-Congo core territory.

Yoruba is spoken in: Niger

Yoruba is also called: Ede-Yoruba, Yariba, Yooba

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