Practical Course in Wolof

AUTHOR
Pape Amadou Gaye

TITLE
Practical Course in Wolof: An Audio-Aural Approach.

INSTITUTION
Peace Corps, Washington, D.C.
PDF Version in the ERIC Collection

PUB DATE Dec 80

This course is aimed at those interested in learning the Wolof language, the most widely used language in Senegal, spoken by more than 80% of the Senegalese and Gambian people. Wolof is also used by some very important Senegalese populations in neighboring Mali, Guinea Bissau and a large section of the Mauritanian population north of Senegal.

The chapters are organized in « themes » which allows students who already have some knowledge of the language to skip chapters and go directly to the lessons they are interested in.

Permission granted to http://www.wolofi.com by Peace Corps, Washington.
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The alphabet used in this book is based on the official one adopted by the Senegalese Government. The Wolof alphabet is used by the ‘Bureau de l’Alphabétisation’. The following table is a list of correspondences with the English and French sounds.

 

liifantu-wolof-PM1

 

Voyelles courtes / Short vowels click
Voyelles longues / Long vowels click
Consonnes / Consonants click

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I

 Section 1  Greetings click
 Section 2  Dialogue ci kër gë click
 Dialogue ci àll bi
 Section 3  Grammar
 Subject Pronouns & Presentative
 Word Order in Question Formation
 Completion Marker -në
 The Particle -u
 Possessive suma/sama and sa
 Section 4  Questions
 Section 5  Games and Proverbs
 Section 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter I

 

CHAPTER II

 Section 1  Greetings
 Leave Taking
 Use of Short Forms in Questions
 Negative (It’s not)
 Special Vocabulary for Rural Focus
 Cultural Notes
 Etiquette on Meeting and Greeting People
 List of Senegalese Family Names
 List of Senegalese Male First Names
 List of Senegalese Female First Names
Section 2  Dialogue Ñungi dem Ndakaaru
 Dialogue Daje-nëñu ci yoon-u tool yi
Section 3  Grammar
 Independent Subject Pronouns
 Present Tense With mangi
 Completion Marker nëñu
 Negation -u
 The Complement and Object Predicator -lë
 Possessive seen
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
 Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter II

 

CHAPTER III

 Section 1  Eating
 Inviting Someone To Eat
 Vocabulary for ‘around the bowl’
 Food
 Utensils
 Vegetables
 Eating Terms
 Cooking Terms
 Special Vocabulary for Rural Focus
 Cultural Notes
 Etiquette on Eating
 Inviting and Being Invited
 Around the Bowl
Section 2  Dialogue ci benn are kaar rapid
 Dialogue ci boor-u tali bi
Section 3  Grammar
 Active vs. Stative Verbs
 Additional Present Tense with mangi
 With Marker -në
 Negative Constructions
 Imperative
 Emphasis on Object and the Particle
 Short Forms in Questions
 Articles in Wolof
 Indefinite Articles
 Definite Articles
Section 4  Questions
 Proverbs and Sayings
 Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter III

 

CHAPTER IV

 Section 1  Directions
 Asking for and Giving Directions
 Direct Questions
 Indirect Questions
 Terms of Directions
 Money
 Counting Money
 Cultural Notes
 Asking for and Giving Directions and Orders
Section 2  Dialogue jënd piis
 Dialogue jënd yàpp
 Dialogue jënd jën
 Dialogue waxaale
 Dialogue ci butigu naar bi
Section 3  Grammar
 The verb am
 The particle di
 Object Pronouns
 Imperative with Object Pronouns
 Other Use of the Particle -al
 The Predicator -dafa with Stative Verbs
 Relative Pronouns
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Section 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter IV

 

CHAPTER V

 Section 1  Action Verbs
 Asking and Telling the Time of Day
 Seasons of the Year
 Time in Wolof
 Cultural Notes
 Social Relationships and Termns of Kinship
Section 2  Dialogue seeti xarit ci Corps de la Paix
 Dialogue seeti sous-préfet bi
 Dialogue seeti médecin seef bi
Section 3  Grammar
 The Predicator -dafa with Active Verbs
 Explicative/ Special Stress on Verb
 Repetition (Habitual Present)
 Relative Clause Formation – Introduction
 Possessive Pronouns
 The Temporal Relative bu (su)
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Section 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter V

 

CHAPTER VI

 Section 1  Professions
 Wolof names of towns and other foreign places
 Other ways of indicating profession
 Some work related terms
 Cultural Notes
 Professions
 Tom Wàccbees
 Coumba Barepexe
 Questions on Special Text – Tom
 Questions on Special Text – Coumba
Section 2  Dialogue agsi-nënu Corps de la Paix
 Dialogue ci ginnaaw préfecture
Section 3  Grammar
 Auxiliary verbs war and mën
 Relative clause formation (continued)
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Sections 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter VI

 

CHAPTER VII

 Section 1  Health
 Expressing a State of Health
 Vocabulary on Health and Disease
 Vocabulary for Nutrition
 Review Questions
 Cultural Notes
 Privacy and being sick
 Visiting people who are ill
Section 2  Dialogue foo jànge wolof?
 Dialogue waxtaan ci amerik
Section 3  Grammar
 Instrumentality
 Subject Emphasis
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Sections 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter VII

 

CHAPTER VIII

 Section 1  Expressing the Past
 Optional Lessons
 Lesson on Health
 Lesson on Agriculture
 Cultural Notes
 The Muslim Religion
Section 2  Dialogue baayil dox
 Dialogue demoon benn ngénté
Section 3  Grammar
 The Past Marker -woon
 Different constructions with the Marker -woon
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Section 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter VIII

 

CHAPTER IX

 Section 1  Describing People
 Describing Someone or Something
 Comparison
 Superiority
 Expressing Differences
 Inferiority
 Special Vocabulary for Rural Focus
 Lesson on Health
 Lesson on Agriculture
 Cultural Notes
 Superstition and Beliefs
Section 2  Dialogue ñungi tàggoo
 Dialogue angi taggook
Section 3  Grammar
 Expressing the Future
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Section 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter IX

 

CHAPTER X

 Section 1  Expressing ‘don’t’ = bul
 Special Lesson on Health
 Special Lesson on Agriculture
 Cultural Notes
 Religious Holidays
Section 2  Dialogue jëndi suukër ag wargë
Section 3  Grammar
 Negative Imperative
 Imperative with Pronouns
 Negative Future
 Minimal Verbal Construction & Verbs of Communication
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Section 6  Written Exercises

 

CHAPTER XI

 Section 1  Past Tense doon
 The Particle daan
 Expressing TO BE in the Past
 Negative of daan
 Special Expressions for Rural Focus
 Special Lesson on Health
 Special Lesson on Agriculture
 Special Vocubulary on Nutrition and the Child
 Cultural Notes
 Life Cycle
Section 2  Dialogue àttaya di waxtaan
 Dialogue Daan def bi mu nekkee amerik
Section 3  Grammar
 The Temporal bi or ba
 Past Time with -doon
 Past habitual -daan
 Negative doon
 Expressing NO LONGER and NO MORE
 Expressing NOT YET
 Contraction of the Predicator dafa-y
Section 4  Questions
Section 5  Proverbs and Sayings
Saying 6  Written Exercises
 Vocabulary for Chapter XI

 

CHAPTER XII

 Section 1  Expressing LET ME (ALLOW ME)
 Supplementary Vocabulary
 At the Tailor’s
 Ceremonies
 Baptism
 Marriage
 Funerals
 Pregnancy, Nursing and Infants
 Special Lesson on Health
 The Road to Health
 Diarrhoea & Dehydration
 Weaning
Section 2  Dialogue seeti tajoor bi
 Dialogue ngëntë
 Vocabulary for Chapter XII

(to be continued / à suivre)

 

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