Hausa language resources – Language Links Database

Hausa – (Yaren Hausa or Harshen Hausa) is the Chadic language (a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family) with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 34 million people, and as a second language by about 18 million more, an approximate total of 52 million people. 

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Native speakers: 34 million (2007). 18 million as a second language

Native to:  Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Togo

Hausa Grammar and Pronunciation

  • FSI Languages Courses - The Hausa Basic Course teaches the basic phonology and language and provides a good basic vocabulary. Instruction is centered on basic sentences, notes and drills. The recordings include the basic sentences and drills of the units, as well as the supplementary conversations that follow the units. The course includes a textbook (414 pages, pdf) and 10 audio lessons.
  • Learn101 - All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.
  • Wikipedia - Phonology and Grammar
  • - This online grammar provides basic information about the structure of the Hausa language explained in a relatively non-technical way
  • Google Books - Hausa Grammar: With Exercises, Readings and Vocabulary by Charles Henry Robinson
  • - Hausar Yau Da Kullum: Intermediate and Advanced Lessons in Hausa Language and Culture by Leben, William R.; And Others
    A teaching guide containing 24 lessons in intermediate- and advanced-level Hausa contains materials developed in a U.S. Department of Education sponsored Advanced Hausa Institute. The lessons contain teacher notes, a dialogue, and notes on related grammar and vocabulary. (MSE). 152 pages (pdf).
  • Google Books - The comprehensive reference grammar
  • Google Books - Grammar of the Hausa language by James Frederick Schön 
  • Google Books - Introductory Hausa by Charles H. Kraft,Marguerite G. Kraft
  • Google Books - Hausa Grammar with Exercises, Readings, and Vocabularies by Charles Henry Robinson
  • MyLanguages - Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, excercises.
  • University of Pennsylvania - Vocabulary and Pronunciation Guide
  • - Grammar and Thematic Vocabulary
  • - 105 Language Lessons
  • ILanguages - this site is designed to teach you and help you learn Hausa for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer)
  • Verbix - Verb Conjugator
  • - Grammar of the Hausa language (1862) by Schön, James Frederick
  • - A grammar of the Hausa language (1914) by Migeod, Frederick William Hugh
  • - Peace Corps Hausa Course for Nigeria – Live Lingua
  • - A grammar of the Hausa language (1914) by Migeod, Frederick William Hugh
  • - Hausa Grammatical Sketchmore by Bernard CARON
  • - A grammar of the Hausa language (1914) by Migeod, Frederick William Hugh
  • - Hausa notes (1922) by Walter R. Miler

Hausa Vocabulary

Hausa Reading Materials

  • - Online Newspaper in Hausa
  • - Online Newspaper in Hausa
  • - Hausa stories and fables (1906)
  • - The Holy Bible in Hausa
  • - A Hausa reading book : containing a collection of texts reproduced in facsimile from native manuscripts, arranged for the use of beginners and advanced students, with transliterations into Roman characters (1908)

Hausa Dictionaries

Hausa Listening and Video Resources


  • Forvo - Over 190 words pronounced by native speakers



  • HausaFilms - a collaborative wiki-based website and directory set out to disseminate organized and accurate information about Hausa films. Hausa films is a major part of, Nigeria’s growing movie industry. Watching Hausa films is a good and entertaining way to learn the Hausa language.
  • TV Africa -  major news in Hausa is one of the most tuned in news programs among the viewing public today. The content of the News is comprehensive and the presentation of the News in the Local dialect.
  • YouTube - A List of YT Video Lessons



Hausa In Other Languages

  • - Lehrbuch der Hausa-Sprache (1911)
  • - Wörterbuch der Hausasprache (1906)
  • - Essai de dictionnaire français-haoussa et haoussa-français (1886)
  • - Manuel pratique de langue haoussa
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