Peace Corps - Sara Intermediate Course
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The following 40 texts represent a rough draft of an intermediate course in Sara, a language of the Chad Republic of Africa. The texts are to be used by the student on his own or in a small group after he has completed the beginning course of 300 hours.
Many of the texts are followed by a selected vocabulary. It is anticipated that further words and grammatical notes will be added in later revisions. The texts are not arranged either by length or by difficulty. The table of contents, which appears in Sara and English indicates the wide variety of cultural subjects treated, but in no case was it intended to provide a detailed description of any aspect of the culture. The student is to use his partial knowledge as background for starting conversations about the various cultural subjects.
A rough English translation of each text is provided in a separate booklet. A separate set of French translations, as well as tape recordings of the Sara will be provided in the future.
Some of the texts are provided with dialogues, accompanied by an English translation (face-to face) to stimulate conversational fluency. These comprise a third booklet.
The texts and dialogues are intended to provide 150 hours of instruction in Sara at the intermediate level.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Chad: 1966-1979, 1987-1990, 1990-1998, 2003-2006; Currently Inactive
Chad: Currently Inactive
The Sara languages comprise half a dozen BongoBagirmi languages spoken mainly in southern Chad; a few are also spoken in the north of the Central African Republic. They are members of the Central Sudanic language family. Greenberg (1966) treats all varieties as dialects of a Sara language, whereas Tucker and Bryan (1966) consider the Sara to be a dialect cluster of several languages. The most populous variety of Sara proper is Ngambay (Sara Ngambay), a major trade language of southern Chad, with about a million speakers, though Sar (Madjingay) is the lingua franca of Sarh.?
Sara is spoken in: Chad
Sara is also called: Kaba 'Dem, Kaba Démé, Kaba Démé, Kaba Demi, Sara Kaba Dem, Tà Sàra