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Oromo Language: Interesting Facts & Resources

Today’s spotlight language is Oromo! We offer some background information and interesting facts about the language, as well as help finding children’s books in Oromo.  Interested in learning about other languages as well?  Check out our series of posts on world languages, including Spanish, Nepali, Hindi, Russian, and Japanese!

Where is Oromo spoken?

The Oromo language, also known as Afaan Oromo, is a Cushitic language spoken by the Oromo people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Egypt. The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, accounting for about 40% of the population. Oromo is spoken by an estimated 30 million people around the world.

How Many People Speak Oromo in the US?

Currently, there is no Census data on how many Oromo speakers live in the US. However, there are large Oromo speaking populations in Washington DC, New York, Washington state, and Minnesota.

Interesting Facts About Oromo

Scholars have found examples of written Oromo literature as early as the 17th century.

In the early 1970s, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) chose the Latin alphabet as the official alphabet to write Oromo, called Qubee. Prior to that, Oromo was also written with the Ge’ez script.

There are 3 main dialects of Oromo: Western, Eastern, and Southern.

All nouns in the Oromo language are grammatically masculine or feminine. Consonant length can distinguish words from one another, for example, badaa means “bad,” and baddaa means “highland.”

Oromo Books – Bilingual Children’s Books

If you interact with children who speak Oromo, or are learning the language yourself, you may want suggestions on some of the best bilingual Oromo kids books and audio books.  The bilingual children’s book The Biscuit Moon, a powerful story about scarcity, greed, and the benefits of cooperation, is available in English with Oromo. 

Do you speak Oromo, or are you learning the language? Comment below and share your interesting language facts!

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Idioms in Different Languages

Guest post by Ofer Tirosh

One of the hardest parts of learning a new language is getting used to all the different idioms that other cultures use. These are often expressions that have a firm grounding in the culture from which they originated, so learning and translating them requires a strong cultural understanding of the new language. Below we’ll look more in-depth at idioms, how they transfer across different languages, and how language learners can bridge the cultural divide when studying idioms.

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Interactive Early Literacy Set – Great for Summer Learning!

This unique interactive early learning flip-chart pack gives children an exciting, new way to learn critical English words and themes by adding a sound element. The Touch, Listen & Learn pack is an ideal resource for early learners (ages 3-6), new arrivals, or special needs students. It is easy to use, so children can work independently with the set.

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SPANISH for KIDS! Interactive Set makes learning fun!

Our new Spanish learning set is a fun and interactive way to keep kids learning during the summer months. Kids will enjoy building their language skills with these interactive sets… independently, with an adult, or with their whole class! Language Lizard also offers an interactive  English early learning literacy pack, and an English phonics set.

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Talking to Children about Racism and Inequality – Resources for Teachers and Parents

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We at Language Lizard always strive to promote inclusion, and celebrate diversity. We encourage schools, teachers and families to address the inequities that exist in our society. This post contains resources that specifically address how parents and teachers can talk about race and racism with children.

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Giveaway & Free Resources to Promote Multicultural Reading at Home

Language Lizard launched a brand new bilingual book giveaway to support reading while students are engaged in distance learning. As a Pledge 1% member, we are also continuing to support Room to Read’s global literacy efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Free e-books are available to all students on Room to Read’s digital platform. Read on to learn more about these great resources to promote reading!

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Support Global Literacy on #GivingTuesdayNow

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Language Lizard, a Pledge 1% member, is pleased to continue our support of children’s education initiatives during this challenging time. Learn more about Pledge 1%, Room to Read, and other non-profits that you can support to help children worldwide.

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Tickled Pink! Language Fun with Idioms From Around the World

Idioms present a great opportunity for students to have some language learning fun. Here, we discuss idioms, and explore activities that use idioms in the classroom and at home.

From “With Flying Colors: Color Idioms” https://www.languagelizard.com/Color-Idioms-With-Flying-Colors-p/idiomflying.htm

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is a phrase with an underlying meaning that’s generally agreed upon by a large group of people. This meaning can’t be deduced by the phrase’s words alone. The definition of idioms is most easily understood by looking at some familiar examples.

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The Cognitive Benefits of Learning a Second Language for Kids

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guest post by Jonty Yamisha

Learning a foreign language can give you a leg up on the competition and open up a world of experiences to you, but what about for children? Does teaching them a foreign language make a difference?  The benefits of exposing children to a second or even a third language cannot be understated. Not only can they learn multiple languages, but they can do it with a lot less effort than adults.

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