FSI Shona Basic Course
What is the FSI Shona Basic Course?
This FSI Shona course, which first appeared in 1965, is based on the Manyika dialect of the language. However, at the same time, it also attempts to allow for the differences in pronunciation and vocabulary found in other versions of the language.
It is divided into 49 units, each starting with a dialog that presents the new language. This is followed by drills and exercises that are designed to let you practice what you have just learned.
Each unit is also accompanied by an audio recording that you can use to work on your pronunciation – however, at present, only the recordings for units 1-35 are available.
How was FSI Shona Basic originally used?
This course was originally created for US diplomatic staff who needed a grounding in the language before being sent to postings in parts of the world where Shona is spoken.
The students would take around six hours of class each day, and they followed this up with a further two hours of personal study.
During lesson time, they spoke only Shona, and even outside of class, they were encouraged to use it to communicate among themselves. In this way, after only an amount of time, they were able to gain a relatively high level of competence in the language.
How can you use FSI Shona Basic?
Although you can’t expect to recreate the perfect learning environment of an FSI classroom, you can still benefit greatly from this free Shona course if you know how to adapt it.
Since this will probably be your primary source of learning materials for this language, you can work through the dialogues, using the drills and exercises to practice what you learn along the way.
If you can find other study resources to supplement the FSI course, you will be able to accelerate your progress even more.
Taking it further
However good your study materials, you can’t expect to learn a language through books alone. This means, as soon as you can, you also need to take your Shona skills and try them out with native speakers.
Try to find people you can practice with and make speaking Shona a part of your daily life – because once you do this, you will see how quickly your ability in the language starts to grow.
|Unit 01||Tape||Unit 10||Tape||Unit 19||Tape||Unit 28||Tape|
|Unit 02||Tape||Unit 11||Tape||Unit 20||Tape||Unit 29||Tape|
|Unit 03||Tape||Unit 12||Tape||Unit 21||Tape||Unit 30||Tape|
|Unit 04||Tape||Unit 13||Tape||Unit 22||Tape||Unit 31||Tape|
|Unit 05||Tape||Unit 14||Tape||Unit 23||Tape||Unit 32||Tape|
|Unit 06||Tape||Unit 15||Tape||Unit 24||Tape||Unit 33||Tape|
|Unit 07||Tape||Unit 16||Tape||Unit 25||Tape||Unit 34||Tape|
|Unit 08||Tape||Unit 17||Tape||Unit 26||Tape||Unit 35||Tape|
|Unit 09||Tape||Unit 18||Tape||Unit 27||Tape|