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This “Orientation” to the Hausa language is intended to help you prepare for anything from a short trip to a Hausa-speaking country all the way to a career speaking Hausa. It is not a course in Hausa but hopefully a way to help you “jump start” your learning, particularly if you are anxious to get started but are not yet in a Hausa-speaking area.

Why Learn Hausa?

  • Hausa is the most commonly spoken language of Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria.
  • It’s the first language of about 25 million people and second language of another 18 million, including parts of seven West African countries.
  • In central and northern Nigeria, many ordinary people speak little or no English, but almost all speak Hausa as a first or second language.
  • When in an area where it is used, speaking Hausa shows you care