“KIRIBATI: GRAMMAR HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL

When you learn a new language, you need both vocabulary and grammar to convey a message. As they go hand in hand, you can’t concentrate your attention on one and neglect the other. I have already reviewed Stephen Trussel’s “Communication and Culture Handbook”, which focuses on words, phrases, and expressions. Now it’s time to review the second volume in the course, “Kiribati: Grammar Handbook”. … More “KIRIBATI: GRAMMAR HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL

“KIRIBATI: COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL

There are virtually no textbooks available on the Kiribati (Gilbertese) language. I have managed to find only two books, both written by the same author. Stephen Trussel’s handbooks, which were created in 1979, are long out of print, so there is little chance you will be able to buy them. However, the author has converted them into webpages, so they are now accessible online. … More “KIRIBATI: COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL

DO YOU PARLES…? ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN THE PACIFIC

Do you think that you have to know Tongan, Tahitian, Marshallese, Bislama, or some other Pacific language in order to get by in Oceania? Well, it surely is nice to be able to talk with the locals using their mother tongue, but in the Blue Continent it isn’t really necessary. If you can speak English or parles français, you will be just fine. … More DO YOU PARLES…? ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN THE PACIFIC

ENDANGERED, ENDANGERED NOT

Over 200 languages from the Pacific region have officially been given endangered status by UNESCO. But Oceania is home to more than 1000 tongues. Does that mean that the rest of its languages are perfectly safe? That there is no need to worry they, too, may one day face the fate of extinction? In other words, are they endangered, or are they not? Well, that surely is the question. … More ENDANGERED, ENDANGERED NOT