Peace Corps - Kwanyama Language Lessons

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US Peace Corps Kwanyama  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This course is the product of two years of love, sweat, tears, and copious amounts of coffee. We wrote this language guide while serving in Owambo as volunteer teachers. Our reasons were partly self-serving - writing about the language helped us to understand it better ourselves - but we hope it will be of use to anyone else who wants to embark on the adventure of learning Oshikwanyama. It's a wonderful journey, and we're glad to join you on the road.

But now, down to business. As someone immersed in a new culture, possibly for the first time, your linguistic needs are twofold. First, you need to learn how to function. This book tackles this objective by presenting a series of content-oriented chapters that will familiarize you with the vocabulary and phrases of daily life.

The second need is to understand the structure of the language so that you can build your own statements and truly communicate. To this end, a series of Grammar Corner
sections are interwoven through the chapters. Because we wanted to provide a reasonably complete grammar reference, you may find that the grammar sections advance at a faster pace than the corresponding vocabulary lessons. If you don't understand them the first time around, you can always come back to them later.

This book began as a revision of a training manual for Peace Corps volunteers, but its scope has broadened over time. It should be useful for anyone trying to learn Oshikwanyama, but is most appropriate for people who go to stay among Oshikwanyama speakers in Owambo.

Namibia: 1990-present

Namibia: Education, Health, Community Economic Development

Kwanyama or Oshikwanyama is a national language of Angola and Namibia. It is a standardized dialect of the Ovambo language, and is mutually intelligible with?Ndonga, the other Ovambo dialect with a standard written form.?

Kwanyama is spoken in: Angola, Namibia

Kwanyama is also called: Oshikwanyama

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