Gypsy language resources – Language Links Database
Romani – also Romany, Gypsy, or Gipsy; is any of several languages of the Romani people belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. According to Ethnologue, seven varieties of Romani are divergent enough to be considered languages of their own. The largest of these are Vlax Romani (about 900,000 speakers), Balkan Romani (700,000), Carpathian Romani (500,000) and Sinte Romani (300,000). Some Romani communities speak mixed languages based on the surrounding language with retained Romani-derived vocabulary – these are known by linguists as Para-Romani varieties, rather than dialects of the Romani language itself.
More information: Wikipedia
Native speakers: 3 million (2013)
Native to: Central and Eastern Europe and Romani diaspora
Gypsy Grammar and Pronunciation
- Seelrc.org - The Outline Of Grammar, 8 pages (pdf)
- Finlandese.net - Finnish For Italian Speakers
- Romani.net - A course for adults and young people, suitable for being used by everybody, no matter the academic level. Available in 5 languages.
- Wikipedia - Grammar, lexicon, alphabet
- University of Manchester - Database of Romani dialects (RMS), Romani Virtual Library, Downloadable learning materials (DVDs and CDs), Bibliography of Romani linguistics, Dictionary of English Romanes (Angloromani), RomLex – Dictionary of Romani dialects
Digitized Grammar Books
- Learn Romani: Das-Duma Rromanes - Following 18 carefully structured lessons, this Romani language primer explores the vocabulary and grammar of the Kalderash Roma in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Designed for beginner students, this course reference begins with the basic verbs and nouns and builds through to the subtler grammatical necessities of reading and speaking the language. Quotations from native speakers, poems, songs, proverbs, and folktales add to the cultural and historical understanding of the language.
Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books
Gypsy Reading Materials
- Wikipedia - Romani Wikipedia