Lehrbuch der Hausa-Sprache

ISBN 978-3-89645-006-7

Lehrbuch der Hausa-Sprache

Ein Grundkurs in 30 Lektionen

Author: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig †, Anne Storch. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig †, Bernd Heine.

Series: Study Books of African Languages Volume 13

335 pp.
3 maps, numerous illustrations, appendices: additional dialogues and texts; verbal stems I-VII, subject pronouns; object, possessive and demonstrative nouns; vocabulary Hausa-German; vocabulary German-Hausa
Text language(s): German
Format: 160 x 230 mm
630 g
€ 49.80

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Hausa is a West Chadic language spoken by approximately 35 mill. native speakers in Northern Nigeria, Southern Niger and Ghana, and is moreover one of the most important linguae francae in West Africa. Due to this there are altogether about 50 mill. Hausa speakers.

A general introduction and different geographical and ethnographical main fields within the single lessons help to intensify the cultural context of this language. The practical part has been redesigned completely and has also been completed with geographical and cultural information supported by text examples and illustrations. The former order of the presented subjects is maintained to a larger extent, but was updated to the latest level.

Each of the 30 lessons consists of three parts: Part (A) presents a dialogue or subject area, part (B) a grammatical analysis which shortly explains the newly introduced and practiced grammatical material, and part (C) which consists of exemplary sentence lessons, short texts and exercises.

The list of words in the appendix contains the vocabulary used in the lessons. The lessons are anteceded by an introduction into phonetics of Hausa – which is a stress-accented tone language – also including an introduction into the prosodic structure. Vowel length is marked by the doubled representation of the vowel. As far as tone is concerned, only the high tone is marked because most of the high-tone syllables in Hausa have an accent as well.

The Audio-CD, which can be ordered separately, consists of texts read by Nigerian native speakers. This textbook is meant for teaching in classes of African Studies but is also applicable as a practical guidance for anyone interested in this language.

Please find some sample files of the Audio-CD below.

Under these links you will find publications by the contributors and further reading and studying material on the Hausa language and culture:

Accompanying material:



[...] this handbook is a real success of the German Hausaists, which will facilitate the acquiring of the practical knowledge of Hausa, and serve the general linguists in grasping of the main traits of its structure. It makes the reader familiar with the Hausa culture and their way of life, which is rather a seldom case as far as the other books of this kind are concerned. The proposed methods of learning seem to be quite effective although they require more time and patience.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 35/2004, 60-63

[...] bin ich der Meinung, dass das "Lehrbuch der Hausa-Sprache" zur Zeit das beste Hausa-Lehrwerk auf dem deutschsprachigen Markt ist und ein sehr guter und vielseitiger Hausa-Unterricht damit gemacht werden kann. Den drei Autoren und ihren auf der Titelseite genannten Mitarbeitern [...] kann man gratulieren: es ist ihnen damit ein großer Wurf gelungen, denn es gibt bisher kaum ein Lehrbuch für afrikanische Sprachen von vergleichbarer Qualität.

Uwe Seibert in Afrikanistik-online, www.afrikanistik-online.de/archiv/2005/174, 1-3

Lehrbuch der Hausa-Sprache (LHS) is an updated version of Jungraithmayr & Möhlig’s “Einführung in die Hausa-Sprache“ (1976). [...]

My first impression of LHS (2004) were good: more grammar, pictures, exercises, a CD and the vocabulary at the end of the book. [...]

The book starts with a good Introduction to the Hausa language (its speakers, where it is spoken and the language family to which it belongs). A short description of the history of research into Hausa precedes a useful bibliography. This includes books on the history of Hausa and other Chadic languages, on dialects, on earlier Hausa textbooks and dictionaries, on special topics as well as a list of books and articles on Hausa literature. The description of Hausa phonology which follows (p. 37–40) is good [...]

There are 30 chapters describing the basics of Hausa grammar: the nominal and verbal systems, pronouns (including TAMs), adverbs, prepositions, etc. Each of the chapters begins with a dialogue or text (all of which can be heard on the CD, on which five of the exercises in the book can also be heard): the text is followed ba a grammatical section and ten exercises.

Joseph McIntyre in Afrika und Übersee, 91/2010, 299-307


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