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Learn Romani: Das-duma Rromanes [Paperback]

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This course of Romani language lessons is aimed at non-Romanies who want to learn Romani, and also at Romani people who wish to re-learn their ancestral language in its modern form. Romani has many dialects and no standard written form; this course is based on the Romani language as spoken by the Kalderash Roma in Europe, the US, Canada, and Latin America - a native speaker of a particular Kalderash dialect can usually converse fluently with any other Kalderash speaker. Kalderash-Romani belongs to the Vlax-Romani group of dialects which evolved in central Europe before spreading all over the world. Speakers of Vlax-Romani dialects far outnumber speakers of any other Romani dialect worldwide. The phonetic system used is based on English and is designed to be understood by English speakers, and any grammatical and linguistic terms are clearly explained.
Eighteen lessons take the student from the basic declensions of verbs and nouns, gradually building up vocabulary and grammar; through to the later lessons which fill in the subtler points of this rich language. Romani is a living language, borrowing vigorously from the languages of the countries where its native speakers find themselves. Quotations from native speakers are printed throughout the book to give a flavour of authenticity, as are poems, songs, proverbs and folk tales which the student will gradually be able to understand.
Bibliographer Edward Proctor has provided a comprehensive list of source materials for further study of Kalderash and related dialects for the interested student.

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Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   University Of Hertfordshire Press
ISBN  1902806441  
ISBN13  9781902806440  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ronald Lee is the president of the Romani Community and Advocacy Center in Toronto, Ontario. He is also the Canadian representative of the Roman National Congress and author of "Goddam Gypsy," He teaches a course on the Romani diaspora in Canada at the University of Toronto. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ronald Lee was born in 1934.

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Excellent  Aug 25, 2008
I have searched high and low for a study guide for the Roma Gypsy language. This is the closest dialect and best I have found!
Look's great  Nov 6, 2005
Hi there,

I'm Romani and I don't speak the language of my ancestors and there are many of us who don't. This books is perhaps a help in fostering a spirit of commonality among us, across the various subgroups that exist among us. I have purchased a copy and it looks very good. A number of people I know who are Romani plan to study the book online together and a few of those folks do know a bit of Romanes. It should be interesting.

As to the previous reviewer's negative comments about the police learning our secrets, sorry, that cat was let out of the bag over 100 years ago and the notion that this is damaging to us is unconvincing at best and absurd at worst. I think it will do just the opposite and help bring our people together. As to imposters, right! This is a joke, right?

Mengro, the Road Scholar
Open Sesame!  Oct 24, 2005
The author has here provided law enforcement, academics, bounty hunters, SCA gypsies, welfare workers, Live Action Role Players and myriad curious non-Gypsy eavesdroppers with a marvelous tool to crack the code of Romany secrecy. There is no better beginner's book on the market than this one! It is inexpensive and user friendly. A perfect roadmap for non-Gypsies to quickly learn Romani and tunnel under that great divide separating Gypsy and non-Gypsy cultures. Soon everyone will be speaking Romani! Opre Roma!

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