Kirundi Language Basic Course

Kirundi, also known as Rundi, is a Bantu language spoken by some 9 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as in Uganda. Learn Kirundi today. Download this amazing language course now!

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KIRUNDI LANGUAGE BASIC COURSE

PDF Textbooks and MP3 Audio Pack

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Kirundi, together with its companion language, Kinyarwanda, is one of the most important of Bantu languages. This course is intended to give the student a start in Kirundi, providing him with dialogues that relate to some of the first situations in which he is likely to use the language, as well as with systematic practice in all major points of grammar.

Kirundi is the principal language or Burundi. It shares a high degree of mutual intelligibility with Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. Considered together, the cluster KirundiKinyarwanda ranks third among Bantu languages, after Swahili and Lingala, with respect to number of speakers.

 

History

Kirundi, also known as Rundi, is a Bantu language spoken by some 9 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as in Uganda. It is the official language of Burundi. Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwanda, an official language of Rwanda, and the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.

Kirundi is natively spoken by the Hutu, including Bakiga and other related ethnicities, as well as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Ha, a language spoken in western Tanzania.

Kirundi is one of the languages where Meeussen’s rule, a rule describing a certain pattern of tonal change in Bantu languages, is active.

In 2020, the Rundi Academy was established to help standardize and promote Kirundi. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

CONTENTS

KIRUNDI BASIC LANGUAGE BASIC COURSE TEXTBOOK (PDF eBook)

KIRUNDI BASIC LANGUAGE BASIC COURSE AUDIO MP3 (35 x MP3 Audios)

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:

There are however two important differences between Swahili and Lingala on the one hand and Kirundi-Kinyarwanda on the other:

(1) Swahili and Lingala are spoken over very wide areas, and a high proportion of their speakers have some other Bantu language as the mother tongue; Kirundi-Kinyarwanda is spoken in a relatively small area, as the first language.
(2) Swahili and Lingala are relatively free of troublesome complexities for the learner; Kirundi and Kinyarwanda
are full of them.

The books in this series which are concerned with Swahili and Lingala set out the grammar of those languages in the form of a series of individual notes, distributed throughout the units of the course. The present volume presents the details of Kirundi grammar in the same way. In addition, however, this synopsis has been prepared, first of all to provide orientation for those who plan to use the entire book, and secondarily for the student whose desire is to learn as much as possible about the language in the shortest time. Only the most important features of the grammar are mentioned at all, and the vocabulary used in the examples has intentionally been kept small.

The exercises, with answers given in square brackets at the right, are not intended to make this synopsis into an auto instructional program, but only to give the reader an opportunity to participate if he desires to do so, and to keep constant check on his understanding of the text.

 

 

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