Learn to speak Seereer : The complete language course
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 27 easy to follow lessons. It is available in English to Seereer and French to Seereer
Publisher: Seereer Heritage Press
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 Seereer 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, then our Learn a Seereer Language series (TM) which includes the Learn to speak Seereer : The complete language course and Learn to speak Saafi : The complete language course are great learning aids that comes with an easy to read text book and audio CD to help with pronunciation. You can get these self-study materials for them as gifts or direct them to our website or our imprint.
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
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Note: Our Learn to speak Seereer course is currently deferred until further notice. Once published, it will be be publicised on our website and social media. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are however pleased to announced that our Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course is now available and can be purchased from our imprint and publishing house (Seereer Heritage Press) and all major online shops including Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, etc. Click on that link if you would like to order your copy from our imprint. Alternatively, you can buy your copy directly from our website using this link.
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, not everyone 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 Learn to speak Seereer : The complete 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 27 easy to follow lessons. They are available in English to Seereer and French to Seereer. 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 Learn to speak Seereer : The complete language course book is competitively priced at £25 and £10.99 for the CD (excluding postage and packing). For this price, you get a text book and CD based on your chosen source language (English or French) to the target language (Seereer). 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 £6 you can download the CD in MP3 format and £6 for the whole book in PDF. You can save them on your computer and refer to them whenever you like.
Payments are made via PayPal who accepts all major debit and credit cards through their secure SSL encrypted system.
Postage and packing
We use the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail special delivery service to distribute CDs and books worldwide. Visit our imprint (Seereer Heritage Press) for further details on postage, delivery and returns.
The CDs and books are combined together as one package and delivered from the United Kingdom unless you have ordered them separately. The postage rates below shows you how much it costs to post the items from the UK. If you are ordering a large volume for a school, etc., please contact us in advance so that we can give you a proper quote including bulk discounts. Please see Terms and Conditions.
Within the UK = £5.65
Within the EU = €7.63 per package plus €1.99 charge per item.
Rest of the Word = $14.20 for postage and packaging plus $1.99 charge per item.
Visit our imprint (Seereer Heritage Press) for further details on postage, delivery and returns.
All downloads from our website or the Seereer Heritage Press website are payable in Great Britain Pound Sterling (£). Tangible books CDs are payable in £ (GBP), £ (USD) or (EUR) depending on your local currency. Visit the Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi page for details and example. Please checkout reliable currency websites for international exchange rate conversions when downloading materials from our website or our imprint.
We do not charge you any tax but you may be liable to taxes in your own country. Please check with your local customs.
*Senegalese, Gambian and Mauritanian outlets
For those who live in Senegal, The Gambia or Mauritania, we liaising with distributors in these countries 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.
Working in partnership with our imprint (Seereer Heritage Press), we are pleased to offer our Senegalese, Gambian and Mauritania customers a reduced rate if they purchase any book from our Learn a Seereer Language series.
- D 890 (GMD) in The Gambia (reduced to £15.00, rate at 29th Aug 2017)
- CFA 10625 (CFA Franc) in Senegal (reduced to £15.00, rate at 29th Aug 2017)
- UM 6935 (MRO) in Mauritania (reduced to £15.00, rate at 29th Aug 2017)
*Our Senegalese distributors can be found here.
*Gambian distributors are found here.
*Mauritanian distributors are found here.