A Practical Guide to Understanding Ciyawo

New Grammar Book Seeks to Help Foreigners Learn the Language of the Yawo People, Ciyawo

Foreign visitors and Malawian nationals who don’t speak Ciyawo often struggle for years to understand the Yawo language, spoken by over 2 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. This new book explains the Yawo language in detail and does so in a way that English speakers can understand.

A Practical Guide to Understanding Ciyawo
A Practical Guide to Understanding Ciyawo

17 March, 2010 — Kachere Series is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book, “A Practical Guide to Understanding Ciyawo”. This is a language book written specifically to help people who are not language experts, yet who want to understand and learn the Yawo language, Ciyawo.

The book is thorough going, yet easy to read and is a must for anyone who desires to learn Ciyawo, but who has never found the right guide to help them. Each chapter of this 175-page book explores one topic of the language and offers example sentences, methods on constructing different forms, and much more.

Written by Ian Dicks and Shawn Dollar, foreigners themselves who have spent many years immersed in Yawo areas as learners, practitioners and teachers of the Yawo language to others, this book is a groundbreaking resource that seeks to help anyone with initiative learn Ciyawo.

Find a copy for sale at the following locations in Malawi: Bethel Books (Zomba), Central Africana, Central Book Shop, CLAIM, Kachere Series (Zomba), Lilongwe Book Centre, Maneno Book Shop (Lilongwe).

Contents include: Pronunciation, Sound Changes, Noun Classes, Infinitive Tense, Present Continuous Tense (+ & -), Pronouns, Imperative Tense (+ & -), Near Future Tense (+ & -), Conjunctions, Ka & it’s various functions, Modified Stem, Present Perfect Tense (+), Past Tense (+ & -), Adjectives & Determiners, Possessives, Far Future Tense (+ & -), Locatives, Demonstratives, Not Yet Present Tense, Verb To Be, There Is/Are & Has/Have (+), There Is/Are Not & Has/Have Not (-), Habitual/Continuous, Questions, Have You Ever… Questions, Time Markers, Object Markers, Verb Endings Overview, Reciprocal Verb Endings, Causative Verb Endings, Neuter Verb Endings, Static Verb Endings, Applied Verb Endings, Passive Verb Endings, Intensive Verb Endings, Reversive Verb Endings, Adverbs, Numbers, Conditional Present Continuous (+,+) & (-,+) & (+,-) & (-,-), Conditional Past Tense (+,+) & (-,+) & (+,-) & (-,-), Only & Emphasis, Verbs as Nouns, One and Oneself

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