https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Dyula for English speakers?

I've searched the forum, and I didn't find anything, so we might actually have a language suggestion no-one on here has seen before. :-) Dyula (also spelled Dioula, Jula, Juula, etc.) is a language spoken in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso, and is also a trade language in West Africa. It has around 2.5 million native speakers, and around 10-15 million people have it as their second language. I would love to learn this language, but unfortunately there aren't that many resources out there. Am I the only one, or are there others who are also looking for a way to learn this beautiful language? Is there anyone fluent in Dyula who would be willing to contribute to a course?

March 31, 2016

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoThelan

Interesting! Do you know if there are any samples of the language available on the internet for people to listen to?

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoThelan

Thank you very much!

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

You're welcome!

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariamSidi2

There are different websites where you can learn it and some other dialects of it. It's a beautiful language. I hope you guys enjoy it :)

October 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lbro27

Would you be able to share any of those websites? I really wanna learn this language

June 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonaldsonCD

I've got a list of online and print resources up at https://www.ankataa.com/booksarticles-etc/. I also do Jula lessons too so feel free to reach out! More info the website. I ni ce!

June 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

Seems like it would make more sense to create DYU <-> FR courses first, so it might be a long wait.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

That's true, it might. If they do make those, I might speak French well enough to try it... :-)

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoThelan

So there is a French connection! I was I hearing phrases that seemed strangely French, but I second-guessed myself and figured that I was making up stuff.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Mostly because of location. Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, and a bunch of other countries in the area all have French as their official language.

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ckone123

He mixed the french in occasionally.

May 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

Anything to help an African country in need, and diversify the languages already offered.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

I don't believe anyone has suggested that language before.

So this post will serve as the initial request, and all people interested in Dyula/Diola/Jula should up vote this discussion and comment on it.

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204979660-How-can-I-suggest-a-new-language-course-

March 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonaldsonCD

Salut Frenchlearner53! I'm new to Duolingo but a fluent Dyula speaker and instructor. Take a look at my website (www.ankataa.com) if you are looking for resources, info or courses. A ni ce!

December 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ckone123

I actually understand this language

May 22, 2017
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