Hausa

Hausa

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Hausa is a language belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family. It is the most widely spoken language within the Chadic branch of this language family. The Chadic languages are all languages spoken in northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Chad and Cameroon.

Although at first glance, and probably due to sheer ignorance, it may seem to be a language of no great significance, it contains the culture of the largest ethnic people in West Africa, a people with a great tradition and cultural influence.

CULTURAL INFLUENCE

The language has a strong influence on the culture of the African continent. Around 20 years ago, it developed its own film industry,  Kannywood, which has produced more than 100 films since its inception. The aim is not only to entertain the public, but also to raise awareness of the culture of the Hausa people. It also has its own television channel on the BBC.

It is also notable for its influence on music, which includes rural folk music and urban-style music. Today they form the basis of African pop music.

HAUSA IN LITERATURE

Its literary production is also noteworthy, including the science fiction genre, with authors such as Umaru Dembo in the travel genre. There is “soyayya” (romantic), in which the authors Balaraba Ramat Yakubu and Bala Anas Babinlata shine especially brightly.

HAUSA AND TRANSLATION

It is clear how important the role of the translator is in the transmission of languages such as this, which belong to people with such rich cultures and of which we know little. The job of a professional translator is to break down these language barriers by preserving the cultural heritage of these people.

WHERE IS IT SPOKEN?

 

Although it is not an official language in any nation, Hausa has many speaker communities where it is a mother tongue. It has become the second most widespread language in Africa, second only to Swahili. 24 million speakers have it as their first language and some 15 million as their second language. These pockets of native speakers are mainly between Niger and northern Nigeria. However, smaller groups of speakers also exist in Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Sudan, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. Hausa is also a language of cultural and commercial exchange.

 

LINGUISTIC TRAITS OF HAUSA

Although uniformity is characteristic of Hausa, we can identify a number of dialects, which are divided according to the cardinal points. From the east we can name the kano, the katagum and the hadejiya; from the west the sokoto, the katsina, the gobirawa, the adarawa, the kebbawa and the zamfarawa; and from the north the arewa, the arawa and the abakwariga. Kano is the standard variant used in the media, education and international relations.

 

How can LinguaTrans help you?

At LinguaTrans we are experts in this language, which is present in all services we provide, for example:

• Hausa translation

• Hausa transcription

• Hausa subtitling

• hausa proofreading

• Hausa voice-over

We have excellent native professionals for each translation service and speciality. Count on a highly reputed company in the market of linguistic services by contacting us. You can also consult our rates or request a free, no-obligation quote

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