For my next language project, I have decided to learn Romansh. Romansh is one of four official languages found in Switzerland. Despite it being a Romance language, it has long been exposed to Germanic languages (especially German). Here's some example sentences:
Ciao, co vai? --> Hello, how are you?
Fitg bain, grazia. E ti? --> I am well, thanks. And you?
Co ha .... num per rumantsch? --> How do you say .... in Romansh?
For more info on the Romansh language, refer to this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language
Unfortunately, I have found it extremely difficult to find English resources for Romansh. You see, most Romansh learners in Switzerland are German or native German speakers. Therefore, most material on Romansh is in German. Now, even though I speak German to an extent, I would really rather prefer some material in English. So, I searched up on the Internet some resources that are in English.
The official organization for promoting Romansh is Lia Rumantscha (website here: http://www.liarumantscha.ch/) -- Note: This website offers courses in Sursilvan and Vallader in Switzerland (which I suppose most of you cannot do). Personally, I've had trouble navigating the website. However, I'd suggest you check it out. It provides information on the six "idioms" of Romansh (Puter, Surmiran, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Vallader, and Rumantsch Grischun). I recommend learning Rumantsch Grischun as it is the most standard form and it is commonly used in media, newspaper, formal texts, etc. Though, I have found there are more resources in other dialects such as Sursilvan and Vallader. On this website, navigate to "En lingia directa" where you will be offered a course (costs money) on Romansh (this course can be accessed at home). However, I've noticed that most material available here is in fact in German (and the website doesn't load correctly for me).
For a free online dictionary, check out "Pledari Grond" (http://www.pledarigrond.ch/rumantschgrischun/?locale=de). But, OF COURSE, it is only available as a Romansh -- German // German -- Romansh.
Luckily, I also found an English -- Romansh dictionary known as "myPledari" (http://www.pledari.ch/mypledari/). It can also translate other dialects as well, I believe.
If you know French, there is a Romansh grammar book available: "Manuel Pratique de Romanche: Sursilvan – Vallader" by Ricarda Liver.
For TV in Romansh, there is a program known as Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR) (http://www.rtr.ch/). Podcasts, articles, and other native sources are available here. They also have an app (PlayRTR). There is a branch of RTR which is geared toward the younger viewers, which is known as Battaporta (http://www.rtr.ch/emissiuns/battaporta/?srg_shorturl_source=battaporta). In Battaporta, you can view things like music and current events.
Here is a link for books in Romansh: http://chasaeditura.ch/rom/category/e-books-rom/ [E-Books] You can get an E-Book form of the Romansh newspaper through this link http://www.suedostschweiz.ch/zeitung?newspaper=laqu [It's in German]
Memrise Courses for Romansh --> http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/?q=Romansh
Here are a few musical artists in Romansh (most in Sursilvan):
Giganto -- Sursilvan Rap Music Gino Carigiett -- Sursilvan Pop Music
For more, simply use Google or explore YouTube.
I have collected information and presented here from several other articles on learning Romansh, so that it would be in one place! If you have any other resources, please tell me in the comments (remember, I'm learning Romansh as well, so I'd love some!).
I hope that this helps, enjoy learning Romansh! :D
P.S: If you are learning Romansh, please tell me on my stream -- I'd be happy to learn with you! :)
Thank you, and "a revair"!
Thank you for this! I am extremely interested in learning Romansh! Eventually I will have to start a course on Memrise.
That's great! I'm sure that there are some courses on Memrise that touch on Romansh (hopefully), but you should definitely create a course. It would help many English-speakers who wish to learn Romansh!
This is so intelligible with other Romance languages! If I may ask, what is your motivation to learn Romansh?
Well, first, I would like to travel Switzerland (which includes knowing Italian, French, German, and Romansh). Furthermore, I'd like to work in Geneva (WHO Headquarters) specializing in possibly microbiology. Even though Geneva is in the French-speaking area, I'd like to travel the entire country! Also, Romansh is a really interesting and unique language simply to learn for fun! :)