Peace Corps - Mende Language Lessons

We made using the Peace Corps - Mende Language Lessons material easier to use and more effective. You can now read the ebook (in the pane on the left), listen to the audio (pane to the right) and practice your pronunciation (use on the Pronunciation Tool tab on right) all at the same time.

The Peace Corps - Mende Language Lessons material can be used both as a self-guided course or with the assistance of a qualified Mende tutor.

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US Peace Corps Mende  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
The purpose of this updated Mende manual is to enable Peace Corps Volunteers in Sierra Leone to interact freely with the community in which they find themselves. One communicates and socializes through language; knowing the language and culture of a group of people is becoming part of those who will work in Mende - speaking areas. In order to acquire some profieciency in the language, the Brewster Method should supplement these information.

This manual provides a more functional knowledge in both language and culture, for all volunteers. It therefore focuses on all the Peace Corps Volunteer occupations. It will also help volunteers to work effectively with the local community.

Sierra Leone: 1962-1994, 2010-present

Sierra Leone: Education

Mende is a major language of Sierra Leone, with some speakers in neighboring Liberia. It is spoken by the Mende people and by other ethnic groups as a regional lingua franca in southern Sierra Leone. Mende is a tonal language belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger Congo language family. Early systematic descriptions of Mende were by F. W. Migeod and Kenneth Crosby. In 1921, Kisimi Kamara invented a syllabify for Mende he called Kikakui.

The script achieved widespread use for a time, but has largely been replaced with an alphabet based on the Latin script, and the Mende script is considered a "failed script". The Bible was translated into Mende and published in 1959, in Latin script. It was used extensively in the movies Amistad and Blood Diamond.

Mende is spoken in: Liberia, Sierra Leone

Mende is also called: Boumpe, Hulo, Kossa, Kosso

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