2 volumes (412 pp. + 128 p.), numerous tables and charts, glossary
Text language: German
The present manual provides basic knowledge of the Oromo language, which – with about 30 million speakers in Ethiopia, Somalia and North Kenya – is along with Swahili and Hausa one of the most important African languages. In connection with the Oromo exercise book this manual is suitable for language courses as well as for self-instruction. The manual consists of 20 lessons, each with a grammar and an exercise section.
It is completed by Oromo texts from different sources, each of which comprises its own vocabulary section. Numerous grammatical tables, a glossary Oromo-German and German-Oromo, a grammatical index and a survey of verb paradigms facilitate learning and increase the practical value of the manual.
The included exercise book completes the Oromo basic course. It contains translations of the Oromo texts and the key to the exercise part, as well as sentence and conversation practice, thus serving for the training and expansion of the learner’s speaking ability. In the German translations the author tried to stay as accurate as possible to conserve the Oromo constructions. Where this was not possible because the German sentences became ungrammatical, literal translations are added in brackets after intelligible German constructions. Dispensable for self-instruction, the exercise book is a useful support for students who try to learn Oromo apart from teaching lessons.