CIT offers Hausa interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Hausa language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Hausa language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Hausa language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the German language, as well as of the culture and history of the Hausa people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

 

The Hausa Language

The Hausa language is considered to be the most important indigenous language spoken in West and Central Africa. It is the first or second language spoken by about 45 million people. It is part of the Chadic languages and falls within in the Afro-Asiatic languages. The bulk of Hausa speaking people live on the border between Niger and Nigeria. About 1/5th of the people speak Hausa as their first language. The Hausa people are mainly Muslim and have a history of trading and attending pilgrimages to the Holy Cities of Islam. This has helped to carry the Hausa language to many cities all throughout Africa.

The Hausa language is a tone language, meaning that the tone of a word is as important as the consonants and vowels. There are three tones in Hausa: high, low and falling. Hausa follows the Subject-Verb-Object order. Just like other Afro-Asiatic languages, there is a rich “root and pattern” system in the Hausa language. In the language itself, there are Square root symbols for consonantal “roots” that help to designate general concepts. There are some consonants that change during different circumstances and the root symbol helps to indicate that. Some changes might be in a patter or with certain consonants. In a singular form, the root deconstructs to become a vowel. Nouns can be in either singular or plural, masculine or feminine. A new word can be created from either a noun or a verb through derivation. One can add a different ending or tone pattern. Hausa verbs can be created through derivation or inflection. There are different forms known as A-B-C-D forms, depending on what type of object follows the verb made.

The Hausa language had been written in a form of Arabic lettering called ajami. Starting in 1912, it is written in book and is based in the Latin alphabet. It is the orthography now used in education, print and general purposes.

The Hausa language is an indigenous language of the government and constitution of Nigeria and Niger. There are two main dialects for the Hausa language. They are: northwestern Hausa, spoken in Niger and Sokoto and Katsina in Nigeria and the eastern Hausa dialect, with Kano, Zaria and Bauchi. Research on the Hausa language is fairly new. Around the 1850s, German missionary J.F. Schon began linguistic research on the Hausa language. The first course outside of Africa in the Hausa language was offered in Berlin in 1885. Presently, Hausa is taught in many areas of the world, particularly in universities that have departments specifically for the study of African languages. In 1934, the firs publication in Hausa was released by the Reverend G.P. Bargery with around 40,000 entries. In it were many Arabic, Kanuri and Tanajaq loanwords.

 

Facts about Hausa

  • The Hausa people in Nigeria are almost all Muslim
  • The Hausa people practice agriculture
  • The average Hausa man is well versed in politics
  • Boys are flogged in order to certify them for marriage during the Fulani’s Sharo festival