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Igbo Language

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African Language The main languages are French and English, but traditional are present in everyday tribal life
When the French colonized tribes in the 19th century, they influenced traditional dialect, leading to French becoming dominant
As another result of colonization, native dialects and European languages have merged
Schools are taught using European languages English language started when the
Angles, Saxons, and Jutes invaded
Britain
From the invaders, British people developed
what is now 'Old English' 'Middle' English was highly influenced by French and Old English (used in the 1300's)
During English colonization in North America,
some words were dropped in Britain, but stayed in the colonies.
This change caused 'American' English to be more like Shakespearean English, rather than 'British' English This image shows the symbols for all of the sounds in the Igbo language. The characters are called Ndebe, and the sounds are called Loma Igbo Language 18 million speakers
Some of the different dialects are Owerri, Oka, Nsuka
4th largest language in West Africa
Rarely spoken outside of Nigeria
The language consists of 8 vowels, 30 consonants and 2 tones
The earliest Igbo writings are from the 10th century In Chinua Achebe's book, Things Fall Apart, there is a culture clash in languages. A missionary's translator can not speak the tone/pitch right for the word 'myself', so instead the Igbo people hear him saying ' my buttocks'.
Both Americans and Nigerians used humor when speaking, so what they say will not be easily forgotten
Proverbs are used in both cultures to the extent that some Igbo proverbs have been carried over to English and vice versa
Both have roots drawn from all the romance languages During colonization, many Europeans replaced African names of places with European English names

However, after colonization, Africans changed the names back to traditional African names

Example-Zimbabwe (meaning home) is the African name of the former Southern Rhodesia Renaming of Places Similaries African Languages vs. English Question #1 If you were to colonize a region, would you keep the native language, enforce your own, create a new language, or something else? Question #3 Which culture do you think would be easier to live in;
a culture where one language was dominant, but you are expected to learn a foreign language you may or may not use or ...
a culture where multiple languages and dialects are present, that vary by region and/or tribes Question #2 Is a country that speaks multiple languages more likely have a better culture and/or education?

If so, would it benefit society (as in the planet Earth) to get rid of the many different languages to end up with only one language in order to bring peace? Swahili Like Native Americans, Africans live in tribes
The Swahili tribe is one of the largest tribe in Africa, largely residing in Kenya
They are a mix of African, Indonesian, Arab and European peoples and cultures. Jumbo means hello
Simba means lion Question #4 Has anybody had an experience in which language/s play a major part that they would like to share?

Any questions? Bibliography "History and cultural facts of the Swahili people." KenyaInformationGuide.com. N.p., 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2013. <http://www.kenya-information-guide.com/swahili-tribe.html>.
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Taylor, Ayisatu J. "Short Term Effects of the African Colonization." eHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ehow.com/info_8292782_short-term-effects-african-colonization.html>.
"Things Fall Apart." Cliffs Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013. <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/things-fall-apart/critical-essays/use-of-language.html>.
"Things Fall Apart." Spark Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/themes.html>.
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