Somali Language Learning

SALT Primer

SALT's most widely-used textbook has lessons in both Somali and English, designed to be a group learning experience in both languages.  Contact the SALT office to obtain one. Suggested donation of $10.

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Speak Somali App(Apple)

Contains over 600 vocabulary words organized into 21 categories, all recorded by native Somali speakers. Some content is free and some must be purchased. Currently only available for Apple devices.

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BBC News - Somali Language

Somali is the smallest language group in the world supported by the BBC. This site allows Somali language learners the opportunity to expand their vocabulary while learning pertinent news.

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GPA (Growing Participator Approach) Blog

GPA is a self-directed language learning method which can be used to learn Somali. It involves individuals or small groups meeting regularly with a native Somali speaker (”language nurturer”) and using specific techniques to draw out vocabulary and phrases. Contact SALT about attending an upcoming GPA training or forming a language-learning group.

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Growing Participation Website 

Are you using the GPA method to learn Somali? This site is an invaluable resource for you, guiding you through all six phases of the language learning program. Find a detailed explanation of each phase, along with graphics and resources to gather for your language sessions. You will especially want to check out the Phase 1 Guide, which contains lesson plans for the first 100 hours (Phase 1) of language learning.

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Af Soomaali Aan Ku Hadalno (Hadallo) by Abdullahi Abdinoor

Not a website, but a Somali language textbook designed to develop linguistic and communicative skills for Somali language learners. (Amazon - 2007)

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La Soco Af Somaliga: Student Book 1 - by Joy Carter and Doug Person

This workbook is designed to be utilized in a beginner Somali language course. It contains unit and lesson plans as well as worksheets for practice (PDF Version). This workbook has been regularly utilized by Doug Person a Somali language course he facilitates. Access a wealth of course resources here, including worksheets, sound files, links to helpful Youtube videos, etc.

Related Websites - Somali Language Learn

Somali Grammar Volume 1 and 2 by John Warner

This two-part grammar workbook contains both lessons and worksheets.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 1: 1988 Mennonite Board in Eastern Africa 128 p., revised 2003

Volume 2: Mennonite Board in Eastern Africa 120 p., revised 2004

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