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Igbo 101 diary #3: how it really feels when learning a new language

In a previous piece entitled ‘Our cultural heritage and external validation’, I highlighted the irony of not appreciating our African cultural values such as languages (Igbo, Yoruba etc.) until we see or hear others, usually Westerners, embracing it with pride. While we marvel at...
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Counting in Igbo

Counting in Igbo: simple tips

Counting in Igbo is one of the topics covered in the Igbo101 app. Counting plays a significant role in everyday conversations as I’m currently learning with my private Igbo lessons. The good news is counting in Igbo is easy! That’s because Igbo counting follows a...
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Hacking Yoruba counting

Hacking Yoruba Counting

Counting is one of the most essential topics in any language including Yoruba. It shows up in everyday conversations where quantity is required, for example, money, age, time of the day etc. In Yoruba language, counting is very easy once one understands a few tips. Counting in...
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Igbo 101 diaries

Igbo 101 diary #2: basic pronouns and composition about myself

Ndeewo! My last post marked the beginning of my Igbo language-learning journey. In summary, I talked about my motivation for learning Igbo, which are: to be able to converse fluently with other Igbo speakers and to gain insights from a beginner’s perspective that’ll enhance the...
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What is Yoruba?

What is Yoruba

What is Yoruba? It’s interesting to know Yoruba means different things to different people. Among others, Yoruba is a language for many of its speakers numbering over 40 million worldwide. Yoruba is a Religion for millions who worship Orisas like Sango, Orunmila, Osun etc....
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Igbo 101 diaries

Igbo 101 diary: the journey begins here

Kedu ka i mere? Last week, I commenced a one-on-one Igbo language-learning class with Oriaku Onwuka (Mrs Onwuka) – a true Onye nkuzi (teacher) and content contributor on the Igbo101 team. I am excited! As the lead programmer on the Igbo101 team, I’d always wanted to learn Igbo in...
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Yoruba Calendar for May 2018

Yoruba Calendar for May 2018

A happy new month! Given the relationship between Counting and Days of the Week, we created a special calendar for the month of May (Èbìbì) in Yoruba. It’s a good way to reinforce your knowledge of Yoruba Counting and Days of the week. It’s available in...
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Shona101

Shona 101 is now available for download!

Shona101 is finally out! As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, hence 8 weeks has flown by with the development, completion and release of Shona101. Click to download Shona101 for iOS Click to download Shona101 for Android For some background to Shona101, read my earlier...
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Shona 101 - Update #2

Shona 101 Update #2 – Introducing Bembenene

Mhoroyi! In my last update, I shared the background to our ongoing Shona 101 project – a bilingual storybook for children. Shona 101 is a collaborative project between Genii Games and Linford Zirangwa aka Bembenene, a native Shona speaker from Zimbabwe and computer science...
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Shona 101 - Update #1

Shona 101 Update #1 – In the Beginning

It’s been an exciting start to 2018 with Linford Zirangwa joining Genii Games for a 2-month internship. For some background, Linford and I met last summer during my 6-week YALI (Young Africa Leaders Initiative) Mandela Washington Fellowship at Dartmouth College, Hanover. One of...
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