Teach Yourself Seereer-Siin
The only comprehensive Seereer language course at a click of a button.
This long awaited language aid comes with X audio minutes of well structured Seereer lessons divided into X easy to follow lessons. It is available in English to Seereer-Siin and French to Seereer-Siin.
The Seereer Resource Centre and
The Seereer Department of Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD).
Diagram of the Seereer language and its dialects, the Cangin languages and the Saafi dialects.
If you can speak Seereer-Siin or any of the Cangin languages and you do not want to see these languages die off, the first thing to do is to ensure you speak it at home to your children, relatives, neighbours and all those you know who can speak the language.
Teach the language to others including your children, relatives and other people who cannot speak it but are keen to learn. Those keen to learn whether they are Seereers or not play a vital role in the survival of the Seereer languages and should be encouraged and supported. If you do not have time to teach your family and friends on a regularly one-to-one basis, we have a Teach Yourself Seereer-Siin that comes with a easy to read text book and audio CD to help with pronunciation that you can get for them as a gift or direct them to our Website
to make the purchase themselves.
Alternatively, you can download the whole book and CD in PDF and MP3 format. One will find that many of these keen individuals have tried all language bookshops and online sources to find Seereer learning materials but could not find anything. If you have the time to
teach, or are a Seereer language teacher, you can use these resources as teaching aids.
Learn to speak Seereer
Learn to speak Seereer
Seereer Wolofization and Seereer parents not speaking Seereer at home to their children is leading to the extinction of the Seereer language. According to leading scholars like Pierre Ngom and Ibrahima Sarr, their paper which they jointly wrote with Aliou Gaye in February 2000 (“Ethnic Diversity and Assimilation in Senegal: Evidence from the 1998 Census", Published by the University of Pennsylvania - African Census Analysis Project (ACAP), Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) concludes that:
“The Serer and the Manding are the most assimilated ethnic groups. This confirms anecdotal evidence in the Senegalese printed press of the decreasing size of the Serer.”
Although the paper did state that fertility is highest among the Seereer community, the paper did provide some insight as to the effects of such assimilation on the Seereer language as evident in the following passage:
“In Senegal, the best illustration of this assimilation hypothesis is a recent anecdotal claim in the national newspaper ("Le Soleil") that the Serer ethnic group is disappearing. This controversial claim led to the blossoming of Serer cultural associations in Dakar over the past five years, a survival reaction to preserve the group's ethnic identity. However, the assimilation thesis is well supported by data from the 1988 census presented in this paper. The Serer is one of two ethnic groups with the largest percentage
of their members reporting that they do not understand the language of their ethnic group of origin.”
It is under such circumstance the SRC found it absolutely necessary to do everything it possibly can to preserve this old and beautiful language. We welcome the Seereer Cultural Associations of Dakar for their great work over the years. We also welcome the Seereer Department of Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD) headed by Professor Souleymane Faye, whom we work in partnership with in preserving this language.
The full paper authored by Pierre Ngom, Aliou Gaye and Ibrahima Sarr can be read here.
As one can see, the urgency in preserving the Seereer language and all the Cangin languages cannot be under estimated. It is true that Seereer culture is alive and well, but language is also a major part of culture and the death of the Seereer language will be a huge lost to Seereer cultural identity.
Have you always wanted to learn Seereer in your own time and in the comfort of your own home but could find no on or offline resources? You've come to the right place.
Have you always wanted to learn Seereer and have scoured the internet and bookshops but found absolutely nothing? Perhaps you have tried to enrol on a Seereer language course at your local language centre but were told they do not offer this language. Perhaps you are indeed a Seereer but due to "Wolofization" and lack of speaking Seereer at home, you always wanted to learn but are embarrass to admit that you are a Seereer who cannot speak the language. Well don’t be embarrassed. According to Pierre Ngom, Aliou Gaye and Ibrahima Sarr’s paper (above), you are not the only one. Besides, not everyone lives in the Senegambia Region within Seereer communities that can speak the language, or have access to Professor Souleymane Faye, professor of linguistics and a lecturer in Seereer and other Senegambian languages. We have resources to help anyone interested in learning this beautiful language and within weeks you will undoubtedly see some improvement. Our Teach Yourself Seereer-Siin language course comes with an easy to read and follow text book and a CD to help with pronunciation. The course contains X audio minutes of well structured Seereer lessons divided into X easy to follow lessons. They are available in “English to Seereer-Siin” and “French to Seereer-Siin”. There is also the download option where you can download the whole book in PDF format and the whole CD in MP3. To perfect your Seereer skills and use what you have learned, we also give you the opportunity to practice what you have learned on our Seereer forum where you get the opportunity to converse with members of the Seereer community who speaks the language. You get the resources and the opportunity to perfect your Seereer all under one roof (the SRC). If you want to develop your Seereer even further, we have partnered with the Seereer Department of Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD) in Senegal to further your studies. Their team speaks French and English as well as the local languages.
How much does it cost?
Our Teach Yourself Seereer-Siin language materials are competitively priced at £x excluding postage and packing. For £x you get a text book and CD based on your chosen "source language" (English or French) to the "target language" (Seereer-Siin). If you are eager to start learning Seereer straight away and do not want to pay for postage and packing, then our download option may be right for you. For only £x, you can download the CD in MP3 format and the whole book in PDF. You can save them on your computer and refer to them whenever you like.
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For those who live in the Senegambia Region, we also have distributors in Senegal and the Gambia where you can purchase the book and CD in person by cash if you do not have access to a debit/credit card in order to use PayPal's services. Your payment will be in the local currency.
*Our Senegalese distributors can be found here.
*Gambian distributors are found here.
Mauritanian distributors are found here.