About this course
Malagasy is the language spoken on the island of Madagascar. The first Malagasy came from the Borneo/Indonesia area and might have spent some time on the Eastern part of Africa before settling in Madagascar around the 5th century B.C. Although it uses words from that Eastern part of Africa, Ma’anyan (language of the Dayak people, in the central Kalimantan, Indonesia) remains the closest language to Malagasy.
Because Madagascar had also been a trade route for silk and spices and slave trade, some Arabs probably stopped by. This is confirmed by the presence of Arabic words in the Malagasy vocabulary. These Arabs were undoubtedly the first ones to introduce the Malagasy writing around the 17th century as they were mostly the scribes under some monarchy.
Malagasy also is influenced by British English, when the British missionaries created the Latin script of the Malagasy alphabet and published the Bible in Malagasy in the 19th century (1835). Finally, as Madagascar became a French colony (1896), the Malagasy language would have more and more French words in its vocabulary.
Malagasy was then born as a result of the encounter between these South East Asian languages, Arabic, Bantu and later tremendously influenced by English and French.
Malagasy is in a grave situation today. In fact, although it is spoken on the island of Madagascar and by some Malagasy diaspora overseas, the Malagasy people’s desire to succeed (by using and learning a global language), the influence of technology (less and less use of Malagasy) and, the scarcity or the high cost of Malagasy literature, all contribute to the loss of Malagasy vocabulary and culture.
Learn Malagasy with us and open a wide window to the island of Madagascar where you learn access the very essence of Malagasy culture.
About your teacher
Haingo grew up in Madagascar and has lived in the U.S., Gabon, the Philippines, Canada and Mexico. She speaks Malagasy, French, English and some Tagalog (official language in the Philippines) and has translated stories, songs and fairytales from English into Malagasy. Haingo enjoys exploring new cities and learning about the people, their culture, and history!
Her family moves from one country to another every two to three years. She enjoys learning the language of her host countries – when they lived in the Philippines, she took some Tagalog classes and was very amazed at the similarities between Malagasy and Tagalog.
Haingo joined Tribalingual in order to raise awareness of the Malagasy language and culture and propagate it to people all around the world. Join her in learning about the people of this wonderful island today!
- Lectures 49
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
Gain an introduction to the language this week and begin to explore this wonderful culture. Learn about the sounds that form the backbone of the language and also practical skills, becoming familiar with greetings, asking questions, and what to say when checking into your hotel. Perfect for those wishing to visit Madagascar. You will also touch on the cultural aspects that will help tie together and form the foundation for everything you will learn.
This week you will begin to look at ordering food, giving your opinion, bargaining and also exploring the important role that proverbs play in Malagasy culture. From a language perspective you will learn about connecting sentences, present tenses and verbs. You will also learn about the traditions that help keep the Malagasy culture alive. You will take a look at traditional Malagasy recipes and learn the best places to eat in Madagascar!
- Numbers 1-30
- Cultural Aspects 1 – Introduction to Malagasy Food
- Numbers 31-50 and Key Number Phrases
- Cultural Aspects 2 – How to Eat a Chicken
- Cultural Aspects – A la Malagasy
- Ordering Food and Bargaining
- Present Tense
- Giving an Opinion
- Cultural Aspects 4 – Where to Eat in Madagascar?
- Basic Connectives
- Singular and Plural Nouns
In Week 3 you will begin to learn about clothes. You will achieve this by learning how to describe items of clothing, learning related proverbs, and also practicing how to ask for directions to go shopping. You will also learn some key time phrases and negation. From the cultural perspective, you will learn about the lamba, a traditional Malagasy outfit. You will take a journey through some of the key sights in Madagascar and learn songs related to Malagasy culture.
- Cultural Aspects 1
- Cultural Aspects 2 – Bargaining Tips
- Asking Directions
- Cultural Aspects 3
- Cultural Aspects 4 – Malagasy Hair Culture
- Key Phrases 2 and Time Phrases
- Numbers Continued
- Cultural Aspects 5 – Proverbs and Idioms about Clothes
- Cultural Aspects 6 – Ambohimanga (The blue hill)
Week Four introduces some very important and common verbs in Malagasy. Continuing on from this you will learn about possessives and basic adjectives. You will also learn about the importance of family, proverbs about family life and learning about marriage costumes and weddings. This week also features telling the time and learning the days of the week. Finally, you will learn the importance of your first haircut and will read your first full story in Malagasy!
- Common Verbs 2
- Possession And This/That
- Cultural Aspects 1 – Idioms And Proverbs About Parents
- Basic Adjectives
- Cultural Aspects 2 – Ala-volonjaza
- Days of The week and Telling Time
- Making Plans
- Cultural Aspects 3 – Malagasy weddings/marriage
- Cultural Aspects 4 – Concept of time
- Cultural Aspects 5 – The Malagasy/Merina Prenuptial Agreement
- Thank you and goodbye