Dinka, apparently known by its speakers as Thuɔŋjäŋ
[t̪uɔŋɟa̤ŋ], is a Nilotic language (dialect cluster) spoken in South Sudan. I've secretly been thinking of trying to learn this language for a while now (several months at least), and now, at last, I'd like to start actually doing it.
For now, I'm just starting out with what I can find on Wikipedia
about the phonology. I also used this
to learn that kudual
means 'hello' (I'd actually noticed that before, because I'd seen this website before when I was looking for that); today, I also learned that the word for 'greetings' is apparently muɔth
. I think I'll use that website some more (starting with that page). Not sure yet how much success I'll have with finding resources for this language, although hopefully, at least it shouldn't be as bad as it is for certain Papuan languages that I'm learning.
Finally, I used this video along with this link
so that I could listen to the names of some colors in Dinka and guess how they were spelled in the orthography before checking what the link said. This link doesn't have the first word the guy in the video mentions for 'red' (or what sounded like "marron" for 'brown', heheh), but it's still useful for figuring out how the spelling corresponds to the pronunciation for some of the words. I suspect dialect variation may also come into play here (the dialect in this video is probably not the same as the one used in that link):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XMmNfismek