Tausug 101: Learning Sinug, Sharing Words…

Bismillah.

For the past few months, I have received a number of emails ffrom different readers of our humble blog—at least now I know we have other readers aside from my, uhm, myself. Most of them are asking for the Tuasug (Sinug) translations of some words or phrases, some of them had expressed their interest in learning our local language. They have different reasons ranging from simply being curious to wanting to surprise their love ones who are Tausugs (or at least knows the language). Someone is even a linguist who wanted Tausug (Sinug) to be his 10th learnt language! Wow!

I tried to reply to their emails as much as I can; answering their questions, translating some words, explaining some (those that I can handle)… And little by little, I found myself enjoying this kind of ‘sharing’ my own language to other people. Maybe it is not as effecting as learning from formal schools or directly conversing with one another, but at least I was able to share something, somehow…which is great! And fulfilling.

And later on, I came up with the idea of making a series of posts about the basics of Tausug (Sinug) Language. It will be composed of a number of informal lectures about Sinug—the Tausug Language—and how to easily learn and use them every day. In sha Allah I will start this project in June 2012.

    I am no-expert in language teaching, nor do I know all those technical terms in speech books (phonetics, present-perfect things and whatever), so we would be expecting a rough draft, personalized kind of lecture. It’s not even a lecture; it would be more like an interactive kind of learning and sharing what I know about Sinug. The lectures might also depend on how my readers would want it to be, and what they prefer to learn first. And what’s more thrilling? It’s for FREE! (Unless you want to talk it over a cup of coffee, you have to pay the bill :-)

    To give it a little touch of professionalism, I am now trying to convince some people I know who are quite more ‘expert’ than me in this topic. Maybe an angel will come down and they will accept my offer in sharing their knowledge for free. Hehe.

    So, anybody there who wants to learn Bahasa Sug—be it for fun or for important reasons—buckle up! Email me at anakiluh@ymail.com and keep posted our future posts. The schedules will be released some time before June, In sha Allah.

    I’m pretty excited for this. :-)

Salam Kasilasa!
Anak Iluh

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