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Foreign Language Learning: Wolof

Grammar Guides and Language Lessons

So you would like to learn Wolof?

Peace Corps Wolof Grammar Manual

Peace Corps Senegal was established in 1963 and currently over 150 Volunteers work in the areas of Agriculture, Agro-forestry, Health, Environmental Education, Small Enterprise Development and Ecotourism. About 3000 Volunteers have served in Senegal over the years.

An Annotated Guide to Learning the Wolof Language

 This site offers links to a whole lot of resources both on and off the Internet to help you do just that.

Wolof Video Course from UCLA

This is a course in the Wolof Language. The basis of the course is a set of videos involving conversations between native speakers of Wolof.

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Masters of the sabar : Wolof Griot percussionists of Senegal

The languages of urban Africa

Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and is the native language of the Wolof people. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal, spoken not only by members of the Wolof ethnic group (approximately 40 percent of the population) but also by most other Senegalese.

Featured Movie

Guelwaar,  1992, d. Ousmane Sembène, 115 min., color, in French and Wolof with English subtitles)

Pierre Henri Thioune, called Guelwaar-or Noble One--by his family and friends, has died under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind his grieving wife, their daughter Sophie, who toils as a prostitute in Dakar, their two sons, Barthelemy and Aloys. Funeral proceedings are delayed, however, by the unaccountable disappearance of Guelwaar's corpse from the local morgue. When policeman Gora goes in search of the missing body, he finds himself in the midst of a bitter dispute between local Christians and Muslims.

Guelwaar [videorecording]

Lilly Library on East Campus is a great resource for movies about Senegal.

Videos in Wolof at Duke libraries

French and Wolof in Senegal: Video clips in Wolof from the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages