Who would like Duolingo to start a course for learning Hausa?

Now Duolingo is working on its very first African language course. I do believe Duolingo should follow that path and continue to work for the promotion and diffusion of more African languages. Spoken by over 30 million people and through 8 countries, I think Hausa would be a great option to endure the track.

November 6, 2015


Gaskiya ne! Tabbatacce ne, tilas ne a yi shi!

November 6, 2015

Duolingo is dependent on volunteers, so if you want a certain course probably the most you can do is to try to encourage anyone you know who speaks the language (especially people who have experience teaching it) to sign up as a contributor.

November 6, 2015

Duolingo has done a great job on European languages, and yes, it would be great to expand to other continents.

November 7, 2015

It is pretty hard to learn Hausa due to the lack of available materials. The addition of a Hausa course would be really helpful!

November 5, 2016

There is no shortage of materials. You could start here.

Teach Yourself Hausa: A Complete Course for Beginners

YouTube has dozens of videos in Hausa, including whole movies.

TAQADDAMA 1&2 LATEST HAUSA FILM ORIGINAL 2018 AWA24 TV • 125K views1 week ago Shafin gidan talabijin na yanar gizo da zai rika kawo mu ku kayatattun videos a kyauta, ku yi subscribing din mu. Mun gode!

November 12, 2018

There is no shortage of materials. You could start here.

Teach Yourself Hausa: A Complete Course for Beginners

That's a single, out-of-print book written in 1973 (actually a really well-written book, in my opinion, but unfortunately lacking any accompanying audio). There's also an FSI course (which is as tedious as most FSI courses are and even older than the TY), and a few grammars from the first half of the 20th century available as reprints. This is hardly an overabundance of material; do you know of any more modern books?

November 12, 2018

You are right. I just grabbed the first title that came to hand, without checking on the date. Well, let's have a further look.

Recent reference grammar:

Hausa (London Oriental and African Language Library) Hardcover – December 19, 2001 by Philip J. Jaggar


Introductory Hausa: A Learner Centred Approach Paperback – Import, April 10, 2000 by Abu Shardow Abarry (Author), Mohammed Garba (Author)

Introductory Hausa First Edition by Charles H. Kraft (Author), Marguerite G. Kraft (Author) University of California Press; 2018

More: Hausa Language and Literature: Grammars & Pedagogic Works

This guide identifies print and electronic sources intended for the study of Hausa language, literature, and culture


November 18, 2018

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    I would like to see more courses about African languages too!

    November 7, 2015

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      I would love to study Hausa! For us the in the US, resources for most African languages are very hard to come by. It's mostly Arabic and Swahili, and not much else. I hope when Swahili gets released there will be more interest in African languages and maybe we can get some speakers of Hausa to put together a course.

      July 24, 2016

      I have just made contact with some of the people in Niger who work on education in Hausa. Maybe we can get some of them to help out here.

      November 18, 2018

      it would be hard but if you can rally enough native speakers to volunteer then go for it

      February 25, 2017

      I am Nigerian. It is one of the most popular languages in my country. But I don't speak or understand it.

      November 16, 2017

      I have known many speakers of Yoruba and a few of Igbo for many years, but until quite recently none of Hausa.

      November 12, 2018

      I just got connected with the people in Niger who are working on computers for education. They want to know if One Laptop Per Child and Sugar Labs can help them with Hausa, which is indeed possible. There is a Hausa project for Sugar. I have recruited translators and managed projects for other languages that I do not speak, but if this works out I would certainly want to learn Hausa.

      November 12, 2018

      great idea

      December 23, 2016

      i would love to learn hausa

      December 12, 2017

      I would!

      February 8, 2018

      I'd love to learn it!

      March 19, 2018

      O yes, I also think hausa is the most systematic and pheasible option duolingo can work on. I will be the first in the line to learn.

      April 15, 2018

      I am of Hausa Origin and would appreciate to have other colleagues across the world to understand this language also.

      February 16, 2019

      I would love a Hausa course on Duolingo! Hausa is an African language with many native speakers and many second language speakers. It's so hard to come by Hausa resources, let alone knowing the tones in every word. I hope there will be a Hausa course on Duolingo one day!

      April 12, 2019


      January 15, 2017

      nice picture bee man. :)

      February 25, 2017
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