Best Lingala Lessons from Learn Direct
Lingala is one of the principal languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), (Congo-Kinshasa), and the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). The Lingala of today is based on Bobangi, spoken by the people (bangala) who lived along the Congo River between Lisala and Kinshasa. Bobangi was the regional trade language until the arrival of the Europeans in the late nineteenth century.
The colonial administration needed a common language for the region and started to use the language for missionary and administrative purposes, calling it Bangala to set it apart from Bobangi. Compared to local Bantu languages, its sentence structure, word structure and sounds were simplified and its speakers freely borrowed words and constructions from other languages they knew. It became the language of the army, police, administration, education, politics, media, and missionaries.
Lingala language can be divided into four variations: Standard Lingala, Spoken Lingala, Kinshasa Lingala, and Brazzaville Lingala.
These courses engage both the logical and creative sides of your brain by combining words in visual and audio form to make context, improving your memory and helping you to remember key words and phrases. The goals are achievable, broken down into a series of rewarding challenges. As you play interactive games, you’re fed new words and pictures to reinforce your memory, and then test your knowledge with quizzes. You’ll hear your new language constantly and, using the recording games, you can start speaking right away, and compare your voice to a native speaker.
Even if English isn’t your first language, you can set the beginner courses’ “help and support” to any of the 100 languages we have as soon as you start. Our English courses at all levels come with support in all languages. All other languages come with support in any language, but the higher levels have support in English only.
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With our beginner course (Talk Now), you’ll soon be able to:
- Use greetings and essential phrases
- Order food and drink
- Ask for directions
- Describe food, colours, shopping, parts of the body, numbers, telling the time and countries
- Develop a wide vocabulary
Completing the course
Our language courses aren’t formally assessed, but there are many exercises and quizzes that you can do as often as you like to practise your language skills and test your knowledge. The language courses aren’t linked to a qualification, but you’ll get a statement of completion when you’ve achieved a certain score in your exercises and quizzes.
When you buy a language eCourse you’re given access to it for 12 months, but how long it takes for you to learn is really down to you. You can access your learning and practise with challenges, games and quizzes as often as you like within that time.
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