Editors Choice – Best Somali Language Books

Colloquial Somali: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Somali as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Somali in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Colloquial Somali is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice.

A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

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Why is Somali an important language to learn?

Somalia is not the destination that you want to choose for your next vacation right now, but if you can keep the faith that foreigners can cross the border again one day, you will want to be prepared. Learning Somali will get you one step closer to entering Somalia, where you can begin to explore the beauty that has been forgotten over the last couple of decades. Somali is also spoken in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti, so you never know when you may need to show your skills and speak the language of the locals.

Right now, there are more than sixteen and a half million people that speak Somali, and with the civil war that has been taking place, it is almost guaranteed that you will hear this language in many of the nearby countries. The reason for this is that some people were able to escape Somalia during the war and now they have made their homes in other parts of the world. Learning about the culture in Somalia, as well as the war, is much easier once you know the language. You will not lose anything within the translation, and you can instantly see where this country is hoping to head in the future. While Somali will not help you in many areas of your life now, there is an excellent chance that you will be using this language much more than you think in a few years.

Learn to speak Somali

This Beginners book in English and Somali is intended for use as a tool for beginners learning Somali. This book will enable the learner to easily master the basic conversations, words and sentence structures in the Somali language. The book is divided into categories covering most of the basic vocabulary we use in our daily activities. This facilitates understanding and makes it easy for the learner to find specific words and related expressions.

A dictionary of Somali verbs in everyday contexts The Somali-English dictionary of verbs is the first of its kind for learners of Somali as a second language. It contains more than 500 verbs used in Somali sentences with English translations. The dictionary has been compiled in learner-friendly format to help the students learn to speak Somali fast.

This is a new and fully updated edition of the dictionary, offers over 430 pages of definitions. It covers all the words you need for everyday use in Somali language; The author has also made the definitions clearer than before. This portable and affordable dictionary is perfect for general reference and student of the language. The vocabularies have been carefully compiled to embrace all words in current use, including many scientific and technical terms which have become a part of the English and Somali languages as spoken or written today.

Guaranteed to enrich a toddler’s vocabulary, this simple and fun series of bilingual board books is ideal for helping children discover a foreign language. Highlighting more complex concepts that go beyond colors and numbers, titles in the series feature animals, fruit, home, and vegetables. This collection combines photographs, bright illustrations, and dual-language words in clear, bold text. Suitable for both individuals and groups, these books are a child’s perfect introduction to exploring other cultures.