Talking Wolof With Da’ African Village is an easy to use basic guide to speaking the language of West Africa/Senegal. It is an ideal book for tourists, those planning to visit Senegal, or those who desire to learn to speak Wolof to interact with Senegalese people in America.
By Bineta Ngom on April 20, 2014
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn wolof. It is easy to read, simple and very clear.I’m from Senegal but I bought it for my children and I love it. Mara did an awesome job, thanks, keep up the good work.
March 2, 2014
I write this review while I am in Senegal and I have found this book to be very helpful. I take it with me everywhere! I wanted to come to Senegal and communicate in Wolof (and not just French) and this book is invaluable! The author gives you necessary words and phrases that are easy to apply when practicing your conversations. And you can tell by reading the book that the author put his heart and soul into this language guide. I recommend to anyone who is interested in the language and culture of Senegal.
Great Book for re-Connecting Back to Africa
By David D. Black
February 12, 2014
I found this book very helpful on my trip to Senegal, I didn’t know that Senegal is the nearest African country to the Caribbean,North American and South American nations. Since all ships traveled by wind back in the day this means that Senegal was the origin of the America’s slave trade. I love how easy this book was to read and pronounce Wolof. Every person from the U.S.,Caribbean,North and South American nations should purchase this book , so we all can learn Wolof and reconnect with our roots. I brought my brother to Senegal this year and he cried tears of joy as the “Talking Wolof with the African village” helped us navigate the country while we learned who we truly are as the tall kings of Africa.
By Zizou De Barros
October 30, 2013
This is a great way to help native languages survive as the world is facing are facing the huge issue of endangered languages. Woloff is a language spoken in Senegal, it is the main native language, and the author does a great job putting the essential of this beautiful language in this book. I love it!
Talking Wolof with Da’ African Village by Serigne “Mara” Diakhate was inspired by many years of serving as a tour guide leading thousands of people from the United States and Europe through his homeland of Senegal and other countries of West Africa including Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Ghana and Guinea. He has worked with the largest travel agencies and is well-known in the travel and tourism industry. He has guided celebrities such as Serena Williams, Jesse Jackson, Ky-Mani Marley, Jimmy Cliff and many more. It was during this time that Mara realized the need to create a comprehensive book for those traveling abroad communicate more effectively if efforts to connect with the people of West Africa.
Serigne “Mara” Diakhate is a native of Dakar, Senegal, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is a world traveler, entrepreneur, and Pan-Africanist. Mara is also Founder and CEO of Da’ African Village which serves as “A bridge of togetherness” between the United States and Africa. His mission is to share the rich culture and traditions of West Africa with the rest of the world. He believes “if a person does not know where he comes from, then he does not know where he is going.” This is why educating others by equipping them with the knowledge of the history, culture and language of West Africa has become his life’s work.
“Many years ago, during a tour to Senegal, I took a group of Americans to my Grandparents’ home. My Grandma was very excited to meet and talk to our visitors, and as their guide I was responsible for translating all communications. I taught the Americans a few words so that they could communicate directly with the family which made my Grandma so very happy. Seeing the joy in her eyes, at that moment I realized that writing this book would be a very important and crucial task in the development of my dream to build a bridge of togetherness.”
“The book was written in an easy phonetic format for all English speaking people. I carefully created a structure using the most useful day-to-day words and basic conversations. Anyone can pick up the book and begin speaking Wolof right away!”
“My goal is to reach people worldwide looking to travel to Senegal, and teach them to become fluent in Wolof, our native tongue, in efforts to communicate effectively and develop relationships within the Senegalese community. I am currently working diligently to introduce this book as a language course curriculum to colleges and universities worldwide.”