FSI: Shona Basic Course (Download)

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Level 1
Basic Course

Foreign Service Institute
Department of State

Learn Shona the proven way -- just like a diplomat!

Over the years, Audio Forum® customers have used our courses to learn Shona in as little as 25 minutes a day, entirely on their own. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in Shona using this proven audio/text method.

While other premium computer-based language courses offer only the means to learn to speak, with Audio-Forum®, you'll not only speak fluently, you'll also master reading, writing, and grammar skills at a scholarly level -- all with the confidence and polish of a native Shona speaker. After all, diplomats have proven for years that this method works!

This FSI Audio-Forum® Course Features:
* 7.8 hours of audio, 49 units (lessons)
* 519-page text
* Pronunciation, tone, and syllables
* Basic dialog and sentences
* Grammar notes and exercises
* Substitution and transformation drills
* Supplementary vocabulary
* Conversation practice
* Reading selections and writing awareness

The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute developed full-length courses specifically for diplomats, the very people who must learn a language quickly and effectively. Having worked with FSI authors and instructors, these courses have been fully tested through usage before release to the public. For over 40 years, Audio-Forum® has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language courses.

Enhanced PDF Features
The Audio-Forum® Difference: Audio-Forum® PDF books are enhanced with links to MP3 audio files. Speaker icons in the text allow you to hear the corresponding audio. The MP3 files can also be loaded onto your MP3-compatible CD player or digital media player. The PDF books may be read (without enhanced features) on tablet computers. A 10-inch or larger screen is recommended.

Note: Units 36-49 contain only text. There is no audio for these units.

System Requirements for Enhanced PDF Features
Mac® OS X® 10.5 & up
Intel® processor
512 MB RAM
Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM

About the Language
Shona is an African language belonging to the Bantu subgroup of the Niger-Congo family. It is spoken natively by approximately 10 million people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. Shona is an official language of Zimbabwe, along with Ndebele and English. Like some other languages of southern and eastern Africa, Shona includes whistling sounds. Writing, which uses a Latin alphabet, and grammar were standardized in the first half of the 20th century.