Maasai (Masai, or ɔl Maa)

Maasai is one of the Eastern Nilotic group of Nilo-Saharan languages. It is a major language of Kenya and Tanzania: approx. 800,000 speakers in all - (over 350,000 speakers in Southern Kenya and over 350, 000 speakers in Northern Tanzania).

The Maasai people (Kenya's most well-known ethnic tribe) speak Maasai, a language closely related to Samburu (or Sampur), the language of the Samburu people of central Kenya, and to Camus spoken south and southeast of Lake Baringo. The Maasai, Samburu and Camus people are historically related and all refer to their language as Maa or ɔl Maa, although they acknowledge mutual cultural and economic differences. Most Maasai also speak Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.

CLASSIFICATION = Nilo-Saharan language family, East Nilotic group, SCRIPT = Roman
Courses
Maasi self-instruction manual MAASAI CBEG 1
Films
Masai : les guerriers de la pluie = Masai : the rain warriors MAASAI FILM 1(DVD)*
Grammar
On the rise of grammatical categories : some examples from Maa MAASAI GRAM 1
The Masai Language : grammatical notes together with a vocabulary MAASAI GRAM 2
Reading
Inkuti pukunot oo lMaasai MAASAI RFICT 2
Oral literature of the Maasai MAASAI RFICT 1
Reference
Kenya Highlights : top selections by the world's leading guidebook writer on Africa MAASAI REF 1
Vocabulary
Field guide to common trees & shrubs of East Africa MAASAI VOCAB 1