FSI: Basic Kirundi (Download)

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Kirundi
Level 1
Basic Course

Foreign Service Institute
Department of State

The Course Used by Diplomats

Learn Kirundi the proven way — just like a diplomat!

Over the years, Audio Forum® customers have used our courses to learn Kirundi 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 Kirundi 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 Kirundi speaker. After all, diplomats have proven for years that this method works!

This FSI Audio Forum® Course Features:
*12.75 hours of audio, 30 units (lessons)
*525-page text
*Tone, pitch, and pronunciation
*Basic dialog and sentences
*Grammar structure and explanations
*Substitution and transformation drills
*Vocabulary supplement
*Practical conversations and exercises
*Grammar notes 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.

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Mac® OS X® 10.5-10.8
Intel® processor
512 MB RAM
Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM
About the Language
Kirundi, also known as Rundi, is spoken by over eight million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda. The Kirundi dialect and the Kinyarwanda dialect of neighboring Rwanda together comprise the Rwanda-Rundi language, a member of the Bantu subgroup of the Niger–Congo language family. It is the mother tongue of the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa people. Kirundi is a tonal language, in which meaning is conveyed by differences in pitch.