Yoruba

A Niger-Congo language and a member of the Kwa family of languages (sometimes also assigned to the Benue-Congo family), spoken by c. 17 million people mainly in south-west Nigeria, where it has official status, with some further speakers in Benin and Togo.

Standard Yoruba is a blend of two closely similar dialects, Oyo and Lagos, although there is a variety of other dialects spread over. It was one of the earliest West African languages to be codified in the 19th century. From the 1920s on an extensive written literature has been produced in Yoruba. There is also a large oral literature of poetry, myths, and proverbs. The language is spelt in the Roman alphabet.

Tone in Yoruba is of cardinal phonemic importance. There are three contrastive tones - high, mid and low.


CLASSIFICATION = Niger-Congo family, SCRIPT = Roman

Courses - Basic
Beginner's Yoruba YOR CBEG 1(PACK)
Colloquial Yoruba : the complete course for beginners YOR CBEG 2(PACK)
Yoruba basic course (FSI) YOR CBEG 3(USB)
Courses - Intermediate
Jé k'á ka Yorùbá YOR CINT 1
Yoruba intermediate course (FSI) YOR CINT 2(USB)
Dictionaries
One to one bilingual dictionary : English - Yoruba Yoruba - English YOR DICO 1
Documentaries
AFRO@DIGITAL YOR DOCU 1(DVD)*
Films
Thunderbolt YOR FILM 1(DVD)*
Grammar
Yoruba (Teach Yourself) YOR GRAM 1
Reading
abd : Yoruba : fún àwon omodé àti alàkoobèrè YOR RSKILLS 1
Vocabulary
Yoruba proverbs YOR VOCAB 1