Sugabelly’s Language Challenge

Here are the rules:

1. It DOES NOT MATTER how well you can speak your language. The goal is to speak regardless. So don’t worry if you don’t speak that well or you have to include lots of English words. ALL language levels are welcome.

2. Video posts or Audio posts are strongly preferred. This is because the point is to hear and enjoy the spoken language. Written posts are frowned upon but will be accepted too. ^_^

3. Please always provide a translation for your readers of other ethnicities! Translations should be in English and can be in the form of captions under a video post, or written transcripts for audio and written posts.

4. Please tag each participating post as – language challenge – and post the link here in the comments so I can link to it and make all of them easy to find.

5. Please encourage other Nigerian bloggers to post in Nigerian languages.

If you’re in, let me know. At some point in the hopefully near future, I will draw a Language Challenge badge that you can post on your blog as a reward for participating.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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  1. Mbabazi

    brilliant idea, wish this was not for just nigeria, i actually missed your blog. one of the first i ever found,didnt notice i wast following before.silly me;

  2. sugabelly

    @Everyone: Thanks! I’m so glad you like it.

    I’ve listened to IphyIgboGurl’s and hers was awesome. Sting, I’m off to listen to yours right now.

    @Mbabazi: You’re welcome to participate if you’d like to. Just follow the same rules and tag it accordingly like I said in the post. I can’t wait to hear yours.

    Thanks for participating!! ^_^

  3. Ayodeji

    Hmnn. I’m tempted to do this in Ekiti language which I speak fluently. It sounds like fun, but I’m not a blogger 😀 I just like to read blogs!

  4. sugabelly

    @ Ayoleji: You can still do it without opening a blog. Just do it on Soundcloud and post the link in the comments here so I can add it to the list and link to it. (\^O^/)

  5. sugabelly

    @dosh: Thanks but you HAVE to include the translation as a comment under the Soundcloud track or I can’t add it to the list.

    Let me know when you’ve added the translation to the Soundcloud page and I’ll add it.

  6. LucidLilith

    So many English words and concepts can’t be translated to Igbo. It makes me nervous to even think about writing an entire post in Igbo.

    I need tutorials from Original Mgbeke and Nice Anon.

  7. sugabelly

    @lucidlilith: That’s not true (with the clear exception of words that describe or related to new technologies. Every kind of normal human action, interaction, and feeling can be fully expressed in Igbo if you know the correct vocabulary).

    Most Igbo people who don’t know how to speak Igbo well just don’t know the words or how.

    And I was going to devote a blog post to why people think this but I scrapped it. Now I’m going to write that post.

    And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know how. If your Igbo isn’t up to scratch you can include as many English words as you need.

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