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During the period from February 2020 through May 2020, I conducted a complete revision to the twenty-eight (28) lists of resources which I had posted on the LLORG during the previous three-year period. As revising these types of documents directly on the LLORG in the “Edit Mode” is fraught with difficulties, I removed their contents from the LLORG, stored them on my computer, and completed the revisions. During the revision process an event occurred which prevented me from reposting the contents to their original files and, as a contingency measure, I have posted them here on the HTLAL in the anticipation that either the Administrator or the Moderators of the LLORG will copy/paste them to the LLORG. - Speakeasy


Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north-west, Burkina Faso to the south-west, and Algeria to the northwest. French, inherited from the colonial period, is the official language. Niger has ten recognized national languages, namely Arabic, Buduma, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Hausa, Kanuri, Zarma & Songhai, Tamasheq, Tassawaq, Tebu. Each is spoken as a first language primarily by the ethnic group with which it is associated. Hausa and Zarma-Songhai, the two most spoken languages, are widely spoken throughout the country as first or second languages.

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria; nine of them are now extinct. The major languages spoken in Nigeria represent three major families of languages of Africa: the majority are Niger-Congo languages, such as Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Fulfulde, Ogoni, and Edo. Kanuri, spoken in the northeast, primarily in Borno and Yobe State, is part of the Nilo-Saharan family, and Hausa is an Afroasiatic language. Even though most ethnic groups prefer to communicate in their own languages, English as the official language is widely used for education, business transactions and for official purposes. English as a first language is used only by a small minority of the country's urban elite, and it is not spoken at all in some rural areas. Hausa is the most widely spoken of the three main languages spoken in Nigeria itself. – Source: Wikipedia

Chad, officially known as the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west. Chad's official languages are Arabic and French, but over 100 languages and dialects are spoken.

Hausa Language
Hausa is the Chadic language (a branch of the Afroasiatic language family) with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by some 44 million people and as a second language by another 20 million. The total number of Hausa speakers is estimated at 63 million, according to Ethnologue. The ancestral language of the Hausa people, one of the largest ethnic groups in Western and North-Central Africa, Hausa is mostly spoken throughout southern Niger and northern Nigeria. It has developed into a lingua franca across much of Western Africa for purposes of trade. Native speakers of Hausa, the Hausa people, are mostly found in Niger, in Northern Nigeria, and in Chad. Furthermore, the language is used as a lingua franca by non-native speakers in most of Northern Nigeria and Southern Niger, and as a trade language across a much larger swathe of West Africa (Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Ivory Coast) and parts of Sudan. – Source: Wikipedia.

Further Reading

Encyclopaedia Britanica – Hausa Language

Encyclopaedia Britanica – Hausa People


Hausa Courses, Supplements, etc.

DLI Hausa Basic – NONE

FSI Hausa Basic (1963), 419 pages by Carleton T. Hodge et al. (text) – Incomplete AUDIO
FSI Hausa Basic (1963) – Complete AUDIO – Indiana University CeLT
Comprehensive introduction to spoken Hausa Basic. For classroom use. Audio-lingual method. Approx. 30 hours of AUDIO recordings. Great attention to pronunciation and grammar. Probably CEFR A2. Yojik and LiveLingua websites host audio of first 10 Units only. Indiana University CeLT website hosts COMPLETE AUDIO of 30 Units.

Hausa (1970s) – Title and Author Unknown - Dunwoody Press
A discussion thread on the HTLAL dating from April 2006 reports that Dunwoody Press once offered a course in Hausa accompanied by audio cassettes. The title and author were not identified and my searches of the internet have not located any evidence beyond this one post.

Hausar Yau Da Kullum, Intermediate and Advanced Lessons in Hausa (1984), 152 pages, William R. Leben et al.
A teaching guide containing teacher notes, a dialogue, and notes on related grammar and vocabulary. Developed by the Advanced Hausa Institute in sponsorship by the U.S. Department of Education. The PDF form is hosted on the U.S. Government’s ERIC website.
Introductory Text in Spoken Hausa (1965), 408 pages
Cultural Materials in Hausa for Use in Intermediate and Advanced Courses (1966), 333 pages
Cultural Materials in Hausa for Use in Intermediate and Advanced Courses, Workbook (1966), 186 pages
By Charles H. Kraft, published by Michigan State University. For classroom use. Most likely audio-lingual method. Have not located the audio recordings. PDFs on ERIC website. Printed copies of introductory text still available via Amazon and AbeBooks.

Linguaphone Hausa (1940s), 42 pages; Linguaphone Mini-Language Series
Linguaphone Hausa - Discogs
Linguaphone offered a Hausa course during the 1940s – 1960s. Discogs website lists 2 x 10-inch x 78 rpm shellac records for a Linguaphone Mini-Language Series Hausa course accompanied by this note: “Issued with 42-page booklet containing texts, English translation and explanatory notes on the pronunciation of Hausa.”
Spoken Hausa (1976), 384 pages, by J. Ronayne Cowan & Russell Schuh; Spoken Language Services
Spoken Hausa (1976): AUDIO recordings; Indiana University CeLT
Possibly developed to meet the needs of U.S. Armed Forces personnel during WWII. Employed the nascent audio-lingual method. Sets of 78 rpm vinyl records accompanied the half-sized course books. The 1976 edition by Spoken Language Services may be a reprint. Copies of the course manuals are becoming rare; audio cassettes are becoming even rarer. AUDIO recordings available via the Indiana University CeLt website (many thanks to Lowsocks!) Despite its age, Amazon customer continue to favour this course.

Teach Yourself Hausa (1973) by Charles H. Kraft et al.
Teach Yourself Hausa (new ed. 1994) by Charles H. Kraft et al.
Out-of-print, first appeared in 1973. The “new edition”, published in 1994, was a reprint of the original, with a revised cover. The principal author, Charles Kraft, was an acknowledged expert in the language, having penned other courses and studies. The few Amazon customer reviews are mixed: either very positive, or quite negative.

U.S. Peace Corps Cours de Hausa pour le Niger (1976), 71 pages
For self-instruction. Included approx. 65 minutes of AUDIO recordings. CEFR A0. Although title in FRENCH, course content in English.

U.S. Peace Corps Spoken Hausa for non-Hausa Beginners (1974), 73 pages
Very basic introduction to spoken Hausa. For use with the help of a native speaker. Relied on repetition of a limited number of standard phrases. CEFR A0. No audio recordings were prepared.


Hausa Courses, Supplements, etc.

Colloquial Hausa - Routledge - NONE
It is somewhat surprising that the Taylor and Francis Group, renowned for their support of the several less-frequently-studied languages, should have overlooked Hausa, the de facto Lingua Franca of West and Central Africa.

Complete Hausa - Teach Yourself Books - NONE (see "legacy" resources)
There is no current Hausa course from Teach Yourself Books. The most recent edition of such a course dates from 1994 and it is out-of-print. Please refer to the "legacy" resources section above.

Collection of graded exercise sets for supplemental practice (reading, aural, occasionally videos). Free access.

DLI Headstart2 Hausa
Familiarization language course. First half, civilian oriented. Second half, mission oriented. CEFR A0+

Glossika Hausa – Proposed – NOT YET RELEASED
Circa 2018: announcement of prospective expansion of languages. Hausa materials not yet available.

Mu Zanta Da Harshen Hausa (Let's Speak Hausa) (2008) by Ibro Chekaraou
Communicative method. For classroom use. No mention of audio recordings. Probably CEFR A1-A2.

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) Hausa files – University of Maryland
Collection of graded exercise sets for supplemental practice (reading, aural, occasionally videos). Similar to DLI GLOSS. Access: US$ 5.00 monthly subscription.

Hausa Phrasebooks Language Guides, etc.
The titles listed below are but a sample of phrasebooks and language guides available for this language.

DLI Language Survival Kit: Hausa
Downloadable PDF and MP3 files. Similar to any very concise phrasebook.
Hausa-English/ English-Hausa Dictionary & Phrasebook (2018), 240 pages, by Philip Hayab John; Hippocrene Books

Hausa Language: The Hausa Phrasebook (2016), 110 pages, by Abiola Kubure; Independently published

Kauderwelsch Hausa für Nigeria / Niger, by Hannelore Vögele et al.; Reise Know-How Verlag
Kauderwelsch, Hausa Wort für Wort (1995) 160 pages
Kauderwelsch AusspracheTrainer Hausa : AUDIO recordings
Available in German only. Phrasebook and AUDIO recordings (extracts only). Sold separately.

Hausa Grammars, etc.

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Second Level Hausa Grammar in Action (2005) by Graham Furniss; Routledge

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Focus in Hausa (2007), 312 pages, by Melanie Green; Wiley
Investigates the morphosyntax, semantics and discourse properties of focus, wh-constructions in Hausa, and introduces readers to aspects of the syntax of a major world language unfamiliar to most linguists.

Hausa (2001), 788 pages, by Philip J. Jaggar; John Benjamins Publishing

Hausa and the Chadic Language Family: A Bibliography (1996), 152 pages, by Paul Newman; Rüdiger Köppe

Hausa Language, An Encyclopedic Reference Grammar (2000), 760 pages, by Paul Newman; Yale University Press
Organized alphabetically. Covers tonology, noun plurals, and verbal tense/aspect as well as often neglected topics, including verbal idioms, proper names, and language games. Incorporates historical linguistic notes that explain and explicate current Hausa phenomena, especially puzzling anomalies, in terms of their Chadic and Afroasiatic origins.

Studies in Hausa: Language and Linguistics (2015), 316 pages, by Graham Furniss et al.; Routledge

Hausa Dictionaries, etc.

Hausa Comparative Dictionary (1968), 278 pages, by Neil Skinner; University of Wisconsin Press

url= dictionary] Hausa-English Dictionary (2007) by Paul Newman; Yale University Press [/url]
This up-to-date volume, the first Hausa-English dictionary published in a quarter of a century, is written with language learners and practical users in mind. With over 10,000 entries, it primarily covers Standard Nigerian Hausa but also includes numerous forms from Niger and other dialect areas of Nigeria. The dictionary includes new Hausa terminology for products, events, and activities of the modern world.

Hausa-English Dictionary (2007), 243 pages, by Paul Newman; Yale University Press

Modern Hausa-English Dictionary (1988), 168 pages, by Paul and Roxana M. A. Newman; Oxford University Press    

Hausa Readers, Literature, etc.

Hausa Newspaper Reader (1997), 225 pages, by Philip J. Jagger; Dunwoody Press

Hausa Culture, Society, History, etc.

Hausa Proverbs (1905, reprints circa 2015), 130 pages, by George Charleton Merrick; Several publishers

Hausa Miscellany


Please feel at liberty to post your own recommendations and/or comments and I’ll see what I can do about incorporating them into the lists above.

Visitors to this file are encouraged to review the subsequent comments, posted below, as they include members’ suggestions concerning materials and form a running commentary on resources for the study of this language.

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