If you’re wondering where to get started with the various online resources available for self-paced learning in Malagasy, here is one sample agenda for getting started:
- Head over to http://ilanguages.org/malagasy_phrases.php and listen to the first six recordings grouped under Malagasy Phrases. This is mainly to get the sound of the language in your ear, and as a demonstration that many syllables can get passed over or transformed…so pay attention to what your ears are telling you!
- Go to the Malagasy from the Beginning section on this page and study the phrases and translations.
- Go to 17-minute-languages’ YouTube channel for Malagasy to hear a more Standard Malagasy voice going over some simple phrases with a slightly slower pace, making it easy to repeat the phrases back. Several of these phrases should be familiar from earlier! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9cKT_cCsGE
Just keep in mind that the “za” pronoun is mainly used in and around Antananarivo. “Aho” is more universally used for I/me/you as you travel around the island.
- Now return to Malagasy from the Beginning to speak the same phrases without listening to them. See how yours compare!