Listening Resource for Learning Yoruba
- Schleicher, Antonia Yétúndé Folàrín. Colloquial Yorùbá: the Complete Course for Beginners. Routledge, 2015.
- Mosadomi, Fehintola. Yorùbá Yé Mi. Lulu. com, 2012.
- YouTube Channel: Nalingo Naija.
- YouTube Channel: Yorùbá Lessons with Adérónkẹ́.
- YouTube Channel & Podcast: I Speak Yoruba Too
Strategy for incorporating listening practice to learning Yoruba:
1. Active Listening with Transcripts: When I listen to audio materials, I use transcripts to follow along. This allows me to see the words being spoken and helps me connect the sounds with their written forms. I can pause and repeat sections as needed to practice pronunciation and focus on new vocabulary. Colloquial Yorùbá is extremely helpful as it gives well-organized Yoruba transcripts as well as English translation.
2. Vocabulary Extraction: While listening and using the transcripts, identify unfamiliar words or phrases. I usually note them down along with their meanings in Chinese (my native language) or English. I also create flashcards to reinforce memory retention.
3. Repeated Listening: I usually listen to the same audio material multiple times. Each time I listen, I try to catch new words, phrases, or nuances that I might have missed before. Repetition helps reinforce vocabulary and improves the ability to comprehend spoken Yoruba.
4. Chunking: For long audio materials in Colloquial Yoruba, I break the audio material into smaller, manageable chunks or sentences. Listen to one segment at a time, and after each segment, I try to repeat or summarize what I understood. This helps in processing the information more effectively.
5. Immersive Listening: I tried to surround myself with Yoruba audio, even if I don’t understand everything. But I am not quite sure about its effectiveness. I think conscious learning with a focused attention can be more effective.