Peace Corps - Guarani Basic Course - Volume I
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This is the first in a two part basic course in Guarani the indigenous language of Paraguay and parts of Bolivia. The volume consists of an introduction to the.Guarani language , some general principles' for adult language-learning and ten instructional units.
Because the goal of the course is to encourage and lead the learner to communicate in Guarani language in and outside the class, the units are structures in such a way to maximize the role of the student in learning. The units of this volume are self-instructional, "preparation stages" of the lessons which are oral and written exercises in the vocabulary, pronunciation, structure, and conversation for the student to study and practice before going to class.
Following the preparation stage of this core state in which the instructor presents material in short question-answer exchanges. The explanations are in English, and and the exercises and dialogues are both in Guarani and English, with occasional use of Spanish.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Paraguay: 1966 - present
Bolivia: 1962 - 1971, 1990 - 2008; Currently Not Active
Paraguay: Agriculture, Community Development, Education, Youth Development, Environment, Health
Bolivia: Not Active
Guaraní, specifically the primary variety known as Paraguayan Guaraní, is an indigenous language of South America that belongs to the Tup'Guaraní subfamily of the Tupian languages. It is one of the official languages of Paraguay (along with Spanish), where it is spoken by the majority of the population, and where half of the rural population is monolingual. It is spoken by communities in neighboring countries, including parts of northeastern Argentina, southeastern Bolivia and southwestern Brazil, and is a second official language of the Argentine province of Corrientes since 2004; it is also an official language of Mercosur. Guaraní is the only indigenous language of the Americas whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people. This is an anomaly in the Americas where language shift towards European colonial languages (in this case, the other official language of Spanish) has otherwise been a nearly universal cultural and identity marker of mestizos (people of mixed Spanish and Amerindian ancestry), and also of culturally assimilated, upwardly mobile Amerindian people.
Guarani is spoken in: Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia
Guarani is also called: Chabanco, Chaguanco, Chawuncu, Chiriguano, Eastern Bolivian Guaran?, Guaran?, Eastern Bolivian, Guaran?, Western Argentine, Guarayo, Guasurango, Western Argentine Guaran?