Mampruli is the language spoken by the Mamprusi people of Northern Ghana whose traditional seat is in the village of Nalerigu. Original recordings for an audio language-learning tool were made on-site in Nalerigu. Given the limited resources on Mampruli available and the difficulty of learning even simple phrases in a language without actually hearing it spoken, this audio resource introduces listeners to the basics of the language. As the editing process progresses, this resource will eventually include 10 general language lessons and three lessons specific to medical professionals, as many visitors to the area are volunteers at the local hospital. In addition, a series of Mamprusi folk tales told in Mampruli and translated into English by native speakers will give students the opportunity to hear the natural cadence of the language and appreciate Mamprusi culture.
Learn how to build your vocabularly by interacting with native speakers. In this lesson, you will learn how to ask directions so you can get out in the village, and once you are out there, start asking "What is that?" and "What are you doing?" to build your vocabulary with both nouns and verbs.
Medical Mampruli lessons are a tool to help medical volunteers in northern Ghana interact directly with their patients instead of relying solely on interpreters. This lesson teaches common yes/no questions that you might need to ask patients, as well as basic commands such as, "sit down" or "lie down" that will aid in a physical exam.
Read about life in Nalerigu while these recordings were being made at www.redmountainwriting.com/blog.
The Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu has a great website where you can learn about the work they're doing and how you can help. It even includes a basic Mampruli guide in written and audio form. Check it out: www.baptistmedicalcenter.org.
To contribute to the work at BMC, visit The Faile Foundation website at www.failefoundation.org.
Wycliffe Bible Translators have developed a written form of Mampruli (which was traditionally an oral language). Currently, their audio New Testament is available through Faith Comes by Hearing at www.faithcomesbyhearing.com.
SIL International maintains an Ethnologue of the world's lesser known languages, including Mampruli. Take a look: www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=maw