Somali
Country:
Somalia
Language: Somali
Exploration: Daily Life


CHALLENGES/GOALS
Travels with Sahal. View a collection of recent photographs from southern Somalia and listen to the narrative by Sahal Abdulle a native Somali photographer, a former Reuter's correspondent, filmmaker and a recipient of the prestigious American pen award. A grammar of descriptions: review how to describe a photograph; waxa focus continued, relative clauses, adjectives+yahay be, describing simple actions in the present progressive tense, reduced verb forms.

Introduction

Meet two Nomads. A brief glimpse into the nomadic culture.

Contents

View and learn how to describe a typical Somali landscape, the nomads and their camels.

Activity 1

Presentation 1: Greetings and introductions continued: construction waxaan ahay. Describing an image: the nomads, their camels, the load, the land. Demonstratives: the grammatical gender. The irregular verb to know yaqaan; yaqaaniin, etc. Is yellow and green the same color? - differences in color names across the local Somali cultures. The deictic pronouns in the expressions: this is (masc., fem.) this way kani waa.../tani waa, soo socdaa

Activity 2

Presention 2: Meet another nomad, continue the same topic and grammatical structures. Learn a Somali proverb about milk and camels. Review a deictic expression: sii socdaa movement away.

Activity 3

A click- a -picture activity in response to a series of 'which' questions in the spoken form: kee /tee.

Activity 4

Focus on form: Review grammatical labels and recognize the grammatical forms introduced in the context of the preceding Activities 1-3.

Activity 5

User-generated input. Review, role-play@record. Note the option of having your input reviewed by an instructor. Task: Use your imagination. Print out the pictures used in this Assignment. Option 1: Alter the pictures in a any way you wish. Provide a description of your new version. Option 2: Work with partner. Provide two short descriptions of the pictures and have your partner draw the differences. Reverse the roles.

Activity 6

Dictionary activity. Review the following entries: camel, milk. Compare your results with your peers.

Assignment 1
Daily life in Somalia an overview.

Contents

 

Activity 1

Presentation: View an audio slide show of 22 photographs, a preview of the images from southern Somalia used in the activities throughout the course. Audio: each image contains an opening statement by the photographerr

Activity 2

An interactive puzzle activity. Read the transcript of the selected opening statements from Activity 1 and categorize them.

Activity 3

Review the relative clause formation through a click and match activity using images, captions and audio.

Activity 4

Focus on form: drag and drop activity. Review adjective forms: the singular, the plural and the superlative.

Activity 5

User-generated input. Review, role-play@record. Note the option of having your input reviewed by an instructor. Use the materials presented in the previous activities as the basis. Task: complete the description of the woman with the garbasaar using the opening statement from Activity 2 in this Assignment as the point of departure. Then compare your description with the description by our photographer.

Assignment 2
Describing national flags; preview colors and geometrical shapes through interactive animation.

Contents

Shopping for food? Advertising through painting pictures on the walls became very popular in Somalia. Due to the high cost of electricity and power outages neon lights are not a viable option. Learn how to describe a photograh in some detail.

Activity 1

Presentation: In the streets of Mogadishu. Description of a store and a person sitting in front of a store; spatial relations: dukaanka hortiisa.

Activity 2

Focus on form: an interactive drag and drop activity. Review the determiners including case, number and gender and the remote article form.

Activity 3

An interactive click and match activity. Listen and match parts of the transcript. Focus on form: conjunctions: iyo=and, oo=and or which, wuxuu=what he, what it as a complementizer.

Activity 4

A fill-in activity; listen and translate selected parts of the audio narrative about a store and its owner.

Activity 5

User-generated input. Review, role-play@record. Note the option of having your input reviewed by an instructor. Use the materials presented in the previous activities as the basis. Task: use your imagination and expand the description provided by the photographer. Option 1: suggested ways: alter the picture by adding a wider selection of foods advertised, change the description of the man in the picture, etc. Option 2: Peer-participation. Print out the picture from this Assignment. Think of the ways how you can change it. Describe the picture with your imaginary changes. Have your partner draw the differences on the copy of the picture. Reverse the roles.

Assignment 3
 

Contents

Visit the Somali schools together with our photographer. A regular school for boys and the Koranic schools for girls. The grammar of descriptions continued: describing clothes and school activities; color adjectives and nouns, descriptions of simple school activities in the present progressive.

Activity 1

View a photograph from the school for boys and review some of the key words denoting a classroom and the students.

Activity 2

Match audio files and the pictures; a holistic listening activity.

Activity 3

Review "school words" by a drag and drop matching activity for near synonyms.

Activity 4

A fill-in activity; listen for descriptions of school uniforms.

Activity 5

Work with the transcript; a fill-in listening activity focusing on the auxiliary verbs.

Activity 6

  User-generated input. Review, role-play@record. Note the option of having your input reviewed by an instructor. Task: compare the school for girls and boys. Use the materials presented in the previous activities as the basis.