Everything You Need To Learn Fula
Fula (also known as Fulani) is a West African language spoken by the Fula people – Fulani, Fulɓe, Peul. The Fula Language is one of Africa’s most widely spoken languages with over 20 million speakers.
Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso account for about two thirds of all Fula speakers. The other third can be found in Niger and Mali, as well as small communities across other parts of West Africa.
Fula is used in all spheres of life by its speakers – it’s the language of education, politics, business, and religion.
Despite that, the Fula Language is still relatively unknown to the world outside Africa. As a result of that, there’s a severe lack of Fula learning materials, which makes learning this beautiful language extremely difficult for international learners.
The Fula resources we were able to scrape together are so scanty that you might only be able to reach basic conversational level in the language. We do believe, however, that you will still find them helpful.
Fula Language Learning Books
A Fulani phrasebook is currently your best (and only) bet for learning Fula. It’s a great way to pick up the basics of the Fula language, learn some common phrases, greetings, and questions. This will be essential reading for anyone planning on visiting a country where Fula is spoken.
A good Fulani dictionary is also a great asset for any Fula learner, as you’ll need a way to quickly and easily look up the meanings of the new words you encounter as you study.
Fula Children’s Books
If you’re just starting to learn Fula, it’s highly recommended that you read children’s books written in the language. The advantage to reading Fulani kids’ books is that the language used is simple and easy to understand, so it’s perfect for beginners who don’t want to feel overwhelmed.
The Fulani children’s books on our list are also bilingual English-Fulani stories, meaning that both texts appear in the same book, making it easy to follow the story without constantly referencing a dictionary to look up new, unknown words.