[ read online pdf ] Beginner's Shona (Hippocrene Beginner's)Author Aquilina Mawadza – Z55z.co

The basics of Chishona, the most widely spoken form of Shona, are taught here incomprehensive lessons Each lesson includes a practice dialogue, vocabulary, grammar explanations, and review exercises Its very hard to come by a good Shona book This one is quite good for a novice self starter such as myself Easy to use, very clear and structured in a good way. A good help Shona is the native language of 80 percent of the population of Zimbabwe Like most African languages south of Sahara it is a Bantu language.This book is a solid language course, which unlike many other language courses is not afraid of teaching you grammar systematically If you have not studied a Bantu language before, it may be quite a mouthful, but it would be impossible to learn the language without it Each section contains a dialogue, grammar and exercises The dialogues are of a reasonable length and difficulty, and are provided with a translation and vocabulary.This book stands out because of its unusually thorough introduction to Zimbabwean culture, covering the following topics in a 15 p introduction Geography, climate, and populationHistoryEconomyArts and cultureReligionEntertainment, music, and sportsEveryday Life Forms of address, Customs and Courtesies, City transportation, Driving, Car Rentals, and Traffic Rules, Currency, Shopping, Festivals, Time, Communications, Media, Toilets Restrooms, Electricity, Food and Drink, HealthI have come across no other language course in any language, which goes to such lengths to introduce the reader to aspects of life in the country in question.Good luck learning to speak Shona, and how to be a Zimbabwean It is quite a disappointing book, surprising for an author who got Master s degree in linguistics, I would have expected from her Since there is no audio accompanying the book, I would have expected a thorough explanation of the sounds But sounds that are not found in English are not explained The pronunciation of only one of the consonant clusters is given Tones are given for only two words, both spelled guru, and the one meaning ruminant stomach is described as in low tone, although Dale s dictionary says only the first syllable has low tone So then one has to consult Dale s Basic English Shona Dictionary to see the tones of many words, though one does not see how the grammar affects the tones, that is only a dictionary.The dialogues of each lesson in Beginner s Shona sometimes have words whose grammar is not explained until a later lesson, and sometimes words whose grammar is never explained in this textbook, since this textbooks explains only some basics of the Shona grammar For example the dialogues have mwanangu, translated as my child , even though page 102 says mwana mangu is my child , so the use of the shorter form mwanangu is never explained.The vocabulary after each dialogue has almost all words in the dialogue, even though some words should have been learned in a previous lesson.P 49 claims that the verb ri cannot be used in the 3rd person, even though later pages have examples of it used in 3rd person in various noun classes.Some dialogues have a person switching erratically between using familiar and polite you verb prefixes toward the same person.The habitual past tense is mislabeled by the author as progressive past tense Shona turns out to have a true progressive past tense too, as I can see in Dole s dictionary, but Mawadza s textbook does not mention that one.P 89 has the wrong plural subject prefixes.The augmentative class is consistently mislabeled in this textbook as argumentative.P 145 says that sei, when at the end of sentence, means how , but on p 44 it is in the middle of a sentence with the meaning how.P 152 says that na is used for proper nouns and ne for common nouns, yet the book has an example of na used with amai mother which is of course a common noun Very confusing.P 164 claims that the object prefix comes between the object and verb, in reality it comes between the tense prefix and verb.P 172 says that kukuvara means to be hurt but later on the same page, she claims, apparently wrongly, that to be hurt is kuvara.P 176 says reflexive extension when it is really reflexive prefix.The book has key to the exercises, which is a good idea to have Though on page 189 of the key, the diminutive of musikana is given as kamusikana, even though previous lessons give kasikana instead, so that is the form a good student would have written, and then be surprised by the key In reality though, Doke s book about South Bantu languages says with this noun class, both options are possible, so either the diminutive class prefix is attached directly to the stem, or else the normal class prefix is kept, so the diminutive class prefix is attached before the normal class prefix But this textbook never explains that fact.At the end is a Shona English vocabulary for the textbook, which is good to have, but there is no English Shona vocabulary.The vocabulary translates gore as cloud , and makore as years , though in reality we are dealing with homonyms, gore means both cloud and year, and makore means both clouds and years.Several verbs introduced in the lessons are missing in the vocabulary, like kubatsira to help , kupa to give , kusvika to arrive.So in summary, the textbook is of quite a poor quality. ii know i have had this book for years, now believe it or not, my stepson who is a shona speaker born and bred in Zimbabwe borrowed this book he also said it was great i never got the book returned to me he kept it and returned to Zimbabwe book and all Wast of your hard earned money. Easy to learn Shona Good book.