Do You Want To Conquer Your Fear of Speaking Somali & Communicate with Courage?

Or do you want to give up on your dreams and all the benefits of conversing more naturally and more relaxed in Somali with your family, relatives, and friends?

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Are you scared of making mistakes and looking stupid when you speak Somali?

Is it hard for you to find the courage to talk to people in Somali?

Do you drift in and out of Somali lessons and course books? And go away feeling unprepared to speak?

Are you a confident Somali speaker? If the answer is no, it may be because as a child your parents didn’t speak to you in Somali. You can’t change the past. But, you can change your present…right now and your future!

Has anyone ever taught you how to pronounce the Somali alphabet correctly? How to pronounce short and long vowels and diphthongs? How to use intonation to change the meaning of words or even the rhythm of Somali?

Do you avoid speaking Somali with your relatives and friends because you’re embarrassed by how much better they are?

I know exactly what you’re going through. I used to have the same problem.

There’s nothing more frustrating than your Somali pronunciation and accent problems interfering with understanding and communicating.

You feel embarrassed by your pronunciation and accent problems. You avoid social interactions where Somali is spoken.

Deep frustration sets in when you notice that others don’t understand you.

People get distracted from your accent and don’t listen to what you have to say. This limits your personal relationships and it hurts your self-confidence.

And, what’s worse is the voice in your head that says “don’t open your mouth, you’ll sound stupid.” 

And the sad part is that most of us tend to listen. Even worse, we project this voice upon other people, assuming that they are criticising us.

You realise that your biggest obstacle isn’t the grammatical mistakes you make.

The truth is that we all make mistakes, even native speakers. but your biggest obstacle is the fact that you are paralyzed by fear of speaking Somali due to your pronunciation and accent problems and have never learned how to face your fears.

You end up feeling vulnerable, insecure, inept, and sometimes, worst of all, you end up feeling sad.

Unlike other languages, there are no “naturals” in Somali. Nobody speaks well when they’re first getting started.

But it’s possible to dramatically shorten your learning curve by focusing on just three core skills: pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm.

These are the 20% of speaking and listening skills that get you 80% of your results.

If you can improve just these three core skills, you’ll be speaking Somali more clearly and confidently.

It’s easy to ignore these three core skills in learning Somali, especially when you’re learning by yourself.

And it can seem pretty daunting the more you look at it because of all the rules of sounds and sound changes.

But, what if I told you that there’s a way to improve these three skills without traditional study at all? And better yet, to improve every aspect of your language abilities at the same time.

And if you commit to following the steps I’m going to show you on this page, soon your friends will be asking YOU for tips on how to speak Somali more clearly and confidently!

My personal story

Hi. I’m Mohammed. 

You might know me as the professional Somali language teacher on the Italki platform. Or you might have seen me profiled in other language learning sites.

Many years ago, I didn’t know a word of Somali. I’ve since become a fluent speaker.

You’ve probably guessed that it hasn’t always been this way.

Confession time.

When I started out, I didn’t have a clue about learning languages. I’m not “natural” or “gifted” with languages. And I don’t consider myself a particularly dedicated learner.

Although I became a fluent Somali speaker, I used to wake up everyday worried about my pronunciation problem until I discovered the solution and was able to conquer my fear of speaking Somali and communicate with courage.

I was born in Somalia. For the first 6 years of my life, I was a native Somali speaker. At the age of 6 my family and I emigrated to the UK.

Arriving in the UK, we settled in the English countryside and my brothers and I were enrolled into local schools. We were the only pupils from an ethnic minority in the midst of a thousand English students. We learnt English as fast we could.

In a very short space of time, we had decided that young Somali boys growing up in the English countryside had no use for Somali.

Our parents felt differently, but we were stubborn young boys. Eventually, we wore them down and they stopped insisting Somali be spoken at home.

Teasing from children in my school due to ethnicity and my inability to speak English led to a harmful association with my mother tongue. I was young and felt I had no use for Somali. So I threw myself headlong into assimilation.

I didn’t notice losing my fluency in my native language until it was too late.

One moment I’m telling someone “Adaa mudan” after they say thank you, and in the next I’m saying, “You’re welcome.”

As I got older, my vocabulary began to slip away at a faster rate. Relatives would visit and I’d suddenly be forced to speak in only my native language.

By the age of 13, my Somali was practically gone…well, except for ‘Waryaa’ and ‘Iska warran?’

I didn’t feel any sense of loss because I was too young to understand the value of my mother tongue.

I felt more British than Somali. I would use the negative aspects of the culture as an excuse to not concern myself with the good.

I never understood, cared for, or identified with the history of Somalia, my heritage, or any of its cultural offerings. Except for delicious xalwo and other Somali sweet pastries, of course.

Some time later, a civil war had broken out in Somalia. More and more Somali families began emigrating to the UK. Some of my uncles and aunts had also arrived with their children.

But, now was when the frustration really began to set in.

My relatives all spoke fluent Somali. But, I couldn’t. And, I’d sit listening to my uncles, aunts, and cousins chatting, laughing, and debating in Somali. And, I couldn’t understand a word of their conversations. I felt like an outsider, like a foreigner observing them but disconnected.

It was painful enough coming to terms with the slow erosion of my mother tongue, but the isolation I felt was even more painful. I had lost the ability to speak Somali.

And this pain increased with age.

I met many wonderful Somali people all over the UK. And, became great friends with many of them. But, some of them were perplexed as to why I didn’t speak Somali. And, I used to dread having to explain how I had forgotten something so special as my mother tongue.

“You are Somali aren’t you?”

“You were born in Somalia, weren’t you?”

“Your parents are Somali, aren’t they?” “

So why don’t you speak Somali?”

Oh my God! Enough was enough!

At around this time, I was looking forward to marriage and having children. I would like my future children to hear Somali spoken at home. I would like for them to have a connection with their homeland. I would like both of their parents to communicate to them in Somali. But, how could I teach them their mother-tongue if I myself had forgotten it.

It’s true that language, culture, and identity are closely connected. Losing my mother tongue divorced me not only from my own early life but from the entire Somali culture that shaped me.

I lost access to not only the books, films, stories, and songs that articulate the values and norms that I had absorbed as a small child. But, I had also lost the embrace of an entire nation. I lost my context. I lost my identity.

This disconnection was devastating.

Things had to change. I decided to relearn my mother tongue.

"You are Somali, aren't you?"

"You were born in Somalia, weren't you?"

"Your parents are Somali, aren't they?"

"So, why don't you speak Somali?"

Time for a change

I decided to relearn my mother tongue and reclaim my lost Somali cultural identity. I was fired up! And nothing was going to stop me.

I studied and mastered all the rules of Somali grammar and memorised thousands of words. I could write pages of conjugation tables from memory of every verb in every tense, special verb forms for subordinate clauses, irregular verbs, reduced verb paradigms, and verbs that lose a vowel.

I studied prepositional clusters, focus markers, and I memorised every declension of every noun.

I was able to express sarcasm, and debate social, economic, political, and religious issues with ease. I was flying!

But, native Somali speakers could barely understand me when I opened my mouth.

Oh my God! My pronunciation and accent were wrong. And, I spoke Somali with a British accent.

Somali people have a habit of giving each other nicknames. I was nicknamed ‘Maxamad Ingiriis’ (English Mohammed). I know…please don’t laugh!

In hindsight, I see the funny side now. But, seriously, joking aside, I experienced a loss of confidence.

And, there was nothing more frustrating than my pronunciation problems interfering with understanding and communicating.

I felt frustrated. I thought studying a language would transform me into a confident fluent speaker. Oh gosh! What was the use of studying all the rules if people can hardly understand a word I say!

Listeners would judge my Somali language ability based on my pronunciation. Because my pronunciation was so weak this had a negative impact on my overall language ability and as a result my confidence plummeted.

I remembered times when I had heard bad English pronunciation. You know how difficult it is to listen to the speaker due to the greater effort and concentration required trying to understand what the hell he/she was saying. So I put myself in my listeners’ shoes and I realised that my bad pronunciation could result in misunderstandings and sometimes even in a breakdown in communication.

I then began to ask myself, if I had an acceptable pronunciation, maybe listeners would judge my overall Somali language ability more postively, even to the point of tolerating my grammatical mistakes.

The question is, how did I go from zero to hero in record time?

I mean, how did I go from having very little confidence to gaining a lot of confidence?

I felt frustrated. I thought studying a language would transform me into a confident fluent speaker. Oh gosh! What was the use of studying all the rules if people can hardly understand a word I say!

The question is, how did I go from zero to hero in record time?

The more I focused on my Somali pronunciation, the more it improved, and the more my confidence grew as a speaker. And I realsied that good pronunciation is not ‘native- like’ pronunciation. If I try to speak exactly like a native speaker I will be disappointed because this is not a realistic aim of learning pronunciation. The objective should be to gain a ‘listener-friendly’ pronunciation; that is, listeners can easily understand my speech which then makes meaningful conversation possible..

So, how did I go from having very little confidence to gaining a lot of confidence?

First, let me tell you something that may surprise you.

You can never speak a language – especially Somali – by just studying it, no matter how much you study.

I made fluency my priority instead of accuracy. I realised it’s all about focusing on the 20% of skills that get you 80% of your results. Things like pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm.

I realised that I can’t study to get this confidence. Confidence wasn’t hidden somewhere on page 150. 

I realised that I can’t study to get this confidence. Confidence wasn’t hidden somewhere on page 150, it was working on the three core pronunciation skills and then just getting into an actual conversation and proving to myself that I can do it.

There’s a big difference between accuracy and fluency. “Accuracy” refers to how correctly you use a language, including your use of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. Whilst, “fluency” means how capable you are of speaking with ease.

I agree that studying can help you to improve your accuracy or to pass a test. But it is an artificial means of acquiring or improving the language.

I don’t believe I have all the answers. I made many mistakes in my journey to acquiring fluency and confidence. And, because there are many paths to fluency, I don’t believe I have all the answers.

And, I’m certainly not the only one who knows how to do this. I just know what worked for me. And, I feel it may work for you too.

And, hopefully…you won’t have to contend with your Somali friends nicknaming you ‘Ali Ingiriis’ or ‘Maryam Faransiis’ or Muna Swedish lol!

What is Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently?

It’s an online course that teaches Somali language learners  how to speak Somali using correct pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation so they can conquer their fear of speaking Somali and  communicate with courage.

The end result is a comprehensive methodology to help you learn to speak Somali clearly and confidently as naturally as you learnt to speak your native language.

What problem does this course solve?

This course sets busy Somali language learners on the right track to speaking Somali clearly and confidently, to improve their listening skills, and their oral reading ability by learning natural Somali expression, rhythm, and intonation.

Firstly, the course will help you step away from the meaning of Somali words and just experience the language in a musical way. Just like music, each language has a rhythm and a melody. The speed and stress make the rhythm and the intonation makes the melody.

Secondly, it requires you to put your pen down, and to put away your course books and your Somali-English dictionaries so you can focus on listening and speaking. It will help you to train your mouth and tongue muscles which will contribute to finding your native Somali voice quality. And, as a result, you’ll reduce your pronunciation and accent problems.

Why did I make this course? Well, my background has been in 1-1 teaching. I really enjoy that because I like the interaction that I get with students. But, I felt like a record on repeat, answering the same questions. So I took everything that students were asking me, and turned it into an online program.

Why Learning Somali Needs A New Approach

You learn by doing. If you want to become a better speaker, you need to speak more. And if you want to become a better listener, you need to listen more. You won’t become fluent by studying rules. This course will get you practising speaking and listening.

But, how do you go from zero to hero in record time?

It’s all about focusing on the 20% of skills that get you 80% of your results. Things like, pronunciation, rhythm, and word stress.

If you can improve just these three core skills, you’ll be speaking Somali more clearly and confidently.

Benefits

Comfort

Speaking Somali clearly and confidently allows you to relax and meet other people and to know you can communicate with whoever you meet.

Respect

Your family, relatives, friends, and complete strangers will respect your new skills.

Love

Speaking Somali clearly and with courage will allow you to meet new friends, acquaintances, and fall in love with or even attract a Somali mate

Freedom

Your Somali language skill will set you free to explore your deep Somali heritage, culture, and history

Learn just 3 specific strategies

Learn 3 skills which I will teach you and you won’t have to waste years trying to do this on your own. And, as as a result, you will improve your Somali pronunciation and accent in just 30 days so you can have more time to do the things you love.

Authentic course materials

That will give you a massive boost to the exposure you get to Somali.

Along with intonation clearly marked on all course materials which means you don’t have to spend hundreds of hours working out the correct stress-tone pattern of every word in the text and so you’ll be able to pronounce every word as precisely and confidently as a native speaker.

Step 1: Listen & Read

First, you listen to the sounds and rhythms of Somali exactly as they should sound, which means you won’t need to guess the pronunciation and as a result, you’ll grasp the Somali accent far quicker.

Step 2: Imitation

Secondly, you copy those sounds during pauses in the story, imitating the rhythm, expression, intonation and stress which means you have a target to achieve, and so your potential to perform becomes higher, and as your mental model of Somali improves, the easier it’s going to be for you to decode a stream of native speech into chunks of meaning. And as a result, you will understand native Somali speakers better, your pronunciation and accent will become clearer, and your fear of speaking Somali will begin to melt away.

Step 3: Shadowing

Thirdly, you will repeat aloud what you hear, word for word, without the aid of subtitles and with as little delay as possible, which means you eventually assimilate the vocabulary and structures used in the text in a very natural way, and later when you speak in Somali to your family and friends, you can call on those to really boost your fluency.

Bonus Video: The Sounds of Somali

Before you delve into the main sections of the course, you’ll need to step back and take a look at the basics. Even if you’ve never spoken Somali before, this guide will help you learn pronunciation rules in Somali language, and the most basic sounds in your own time and at your own pace. Once you’ve identified the basic sounds and rhythms of Somali, you’ll be closer to sounding like a native.

Speech Evaluations

You will get one-on-one advice that is specifically tailored to your situation, helping you to achieve your desired outcome more quickly or easily. As well as, detailed speech evaluations in live sessions with myself to work on sounds that you may not be getting right which means you’ll progress far quicker, and become a more clearer, and more confident Somali speaker.

Bonus: Group Coaching Sessions

This adds, even more, value to the course. I want to help your Somali language skills so that you can speak Somali clearly and confidently, meet new people, and converse with your family and relatives in Somali. So what’s better than this? Once a month for 8 months, there will be a group coaching session in the private group for students in the course. This is your time to get feedback and support from me, and you can ask any questions related to your study, Somali grammar and culture, course material, etc. I will answer every question in the group coaching session.

1-on-1 Coaching

The great benefit of coaching is that you are very likely to see quick, positive results as an outcome.

The process is entirely devoted to you – your issues and the attainment of your Somali pronunciation goals. An intensive lesson one hour a week over 8 weeks could make all the difference to your Somali pronunciation goals and your dream of conversing clearly and confidently in Somali with your loved ones.

After assessing your speech, we’ll devise a plan of action together to work on the following areas:

Mouth Movement
How to move the tongue, jaw and lips, and to use the voice to accurately produce the sounds of Somali.

Spelling to Sound
The relationship between written Somali and its pronunciation; we learn the rules and the exceptions.

Connected Speech
The way sounds change when they join together to help learners produce and hear fast and accurate speech.

Stress & Intonation
The melodies and stresses of Somali speech: when to go up, down and how to use pitch range to show emotion.

180 days' of Unlimited Consultation

Once you begin the course, you won’t be left alone to sink or swim by yourself because you’ll get 180 days’ of unlimited consultation with me.  If you have questions about the course materials, the  grammar, or any other aspect of the course, just email me directly during your 180 days’ unlimited consultation period  and I’ll be there to support you and answer your queries.

A Community That Has Your Back

If you face technical problems or feel discouraged as may happen to some long-distant students, our community will fix them for you in no time or offer you support to overcome any obstacles or challenges so that you can realise your dream of speaking Somali clearly and confidently.

Certificate on Completion

When you complete a Somali Language Lab course, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you can share with your friends, relatives, co-workers and potential employers. Certificates of completion help demonstrate your accomplishments and skills that you did not have previously, but please note Somali Language Lab is not an accredited institution, and as a result, the certificates cannot be used for formal accreditation.

Video Transcript

Everyone learns differently and so we want you to have a better user experience. As a result, we’ve added a transcript which gives you the option to understand,  digest, and retain  information according to your strengths.

The PDF transcript provides a reference for vocabulary and spelling and can be used as a study guide.

English Subtitles

We want to help you fully comprehend the content. People learn in different ways. Some learn best through doing. Others through watching. Still others through listening. That’s where subtitles come in. People who learn best via reading will get more out of the course videos. The combination of video and text is strong, and appeals to more learners than just video.

Learn to Speak Somali Naturally

The end result is a comprehensive methodology to help you learn to speak Somali clearly and confidently in 30 days as naturally as you learnt to speak your native language.

Converse Better in Somali

Sound clearer, more natural, more confident and more relaxed when you’re speaking Somali

End of Course Assessment

Learners upload audio recordings to the course developer of themselves shadowing the native speaker. Pronunciation and accent will be assessed and detailed advice and guidance provided to the learner.

Instant Access

You get instant access to the course materials to stream and devour the content on any and all of your devices.

Lifetime Access

You’ll get lifetime access to complete the course in your own time. We define ‘lifetime access’ as the lifetime of this online course. 

Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently

Learn to be able to achieve this incredible goal, even if you’ve never spoken it before.

Expert Instruction

90 days unlimited consultation

Speech Evaluation

Live 1-1 feedback

Certificate

Awarded on completion

What's in the course?

Module 1: Introduction

Explanation of the 3 skills which I will teach you so you don’t have to waste years trying to do this on your own. As well as background information on the shadowing method.

Module 2: Step 1 - Listen & Read

First, you listen to the sounds and rhythms of Somali exactly as they should sound, which means you won’t need to guess the pronunciation and as a result, you’ll grasp the Somali accent rapidly.

Module 3: Step 2 - Imitation

Secondly, you copy those sounds during pauses in the story, imitating the rhythm, expression, intonation and stress which means you have a target to achieve, and so your potential to perform becomes higher, and as your mental model of Somali improves, the easier it’s going to be for you to decode a stream of native speech into chunks of meaning. 

Module 4: Step 3 - Shadowing

Thirdly, you will repeat aloud what you hear, word for word, without the aid of subtitles and with as little delay as possible, which means you eventually assimilate the vocabulary and structures used in the text in a very natural way, and later when you speak in Somali to your family and friends, you can call on those to really boost your fluency.

End of Course Assessment

Learners upload audio recordings to the course developer of themselves shadowing the native speaker. Pronunciation and accent will be assessed and detailed advice and guidance provided to the learner.

Bonus Module

The Sounds of Somali

How to Improve Your Pronunciation

Bonus Module

The Sounds of Somali

The cornerstone of learning any language is pronunciation, and Somali pronunciation is no different.

It’s easy to ignore pronunciation in Somali language learning, especially when you’re learning by yourself.

And it can seem pretty daunting the more you look at it, what with all the rules of sounds and intonation there are.

Knowing pronunciation rules in Somali, and the most basic sounds, will make learning Somali pronunciation a lot easier and it will make a lot more sense right from the start.

Are you stressing sounds correctly?
Somali is a tonal language. Failing to stress sounds properly while speaking can hinder your fluency and even change the way that people interpret what you’re saying.

For instance, putting too much emphasis on certain sounds can make you sound angry or rushed, while not putting enough emphasis on other sounds can make you hard to understand.

Objectives:

By the end of this bonus module, you will be able to

Recognise as well as pronounce short vowels, long vowels and diphthongs correctly.

Recognise the importance of placing stress-tone on vowels.​

Distinguish the stress-tone of words with identical spelling but different meaning.

Be understood far better when you talk to native speakers.

Who is Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently for?

  • Beginners and advanced learners. If you want to transform your listening and speaking skills, then this course will get you there, no matter where you’re starting from.

  • Busy bees! You’re busy with a job, family, or ther obligations and you’d love to find techniques to accelerate your journey to fluency so you can spend more time doing things you love with people you love.

  • Learners who want to complement their traditional study of grammar and vocabulary and want to try something completely different.

  • Learners who are willing to step away from the meaning of Somali words and just experience the language in a musical way. Just like music, each language has a rhythm and a melody. The speed and stress make the rhythm and the intonation makes the melody.

  • Learners who want to start using Somali. You learn by doing. If you want to become a better speaker, you need to speak more. And if you want to become a better listener, you need to listen more. You won’t become fluent by studying rules. This course will get you practising speaking and listening.

Who is Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently NOT for?

  • Get-fluent-quick learners. This course is not for people who think that buying a course will suddenly help them to become fluent in Somali. You have to put in the work to see results. 
  • Learners who focus solely on grammar and vocabulary. This course is not for learners who enjoy spending countless hours memorising grammar rules and conjugation tables – most of which they won’t use.

Course Information

  • Course Aim: To help you speak Somali clearly and confidently.. 
  • Course Objectives: To improve your pronunciation, listening skills, and your oral reading ability.
  • Course Level: Beginners to Advanced. 
  • Teaching Methods: Listening and reading, imitation, and shadowing. 
  • Course Format: Online video lessons featuring a Somali speaker describing his life history. Duration: 1 hour. 
  • Certificate awarded on course completion. 
  • Connect with the Coach: Access to the course  FB and Slack channel to provide personalised attention to students

Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently

Learn to be able to achieve this incredible goal, even if you’ve never spoken it before

Expert Instruction

90 days unlimited consultation

Speech Evaluation

Live 1-1 feedback

Certificate

Awarded on completion

THE CORE OF THIS COURSE ARE 3 STEPS

STEP 1: Listening & reading

First, you listen to the sounds and patterns of Somali exactly as they should sound, without needing to guess.

Presentation

STEP 2: imitation

Then, you copy those sounds during pauses in the story, imitating the rhythm, expression, intonation and stress.

Practice

STEP 3: shadowing

Now, you are ready to practice by shadowing the Somali speaker until you are ready to tell the story by yourself! 

Production

The end result is a comprehensive methodology to help you learn to speak Somali as naturally as you learnt to speak your native language.

Ahmed Deriye

Sweden

I used to have difficulty understanding my mum when she spoke Somali to our relatives and her friends. And my relatives also had a hard time understanding the limited amount of Somali I know. The reaon being that I wasn’t really aware that I spoke Somali with a Swedish accent. But, since I completed this course, they understand me better now. I like how the focus is placed on just 3 skills.

Jane Dorsett

England

I’d been learning Somali for sometime. But, native speakers had a hard time understanding anything I said. This course was a perfect fit because I was able to practice anytime, anywhere, and repeated the lessons as many times as I needed until I nailed the pronunciation. My confidence has improved so much. The course also helped me to improve my listening, reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills. It reminds of me how I learned my native language. I listened very closely to my parents, then I repeated and copied them in private, then I was able to shadow them and speak at the same speed as them.

Dawud Smyth

USA

Finally! I’m able to copy the natural sounds of a native speaker. And it feels great! My speech is so much clearer. And, I’ve become a more confident speaker. The course seriously helped me with pronunciation because I got to hear the exact pronunciation from a native Somali speaker. I don’t have to keep repeating myself because my Somali friends didn’t understand what I said. The teaching method is tried and tested and gave me the results I expected. And yes it’s kinda like when I learnt my native language. I copied speech from my parents and repeated what they said until I sounded more fluent. I highy recommend this course.

Mohammed Nur (MSc, BSc, TEFL)

Founder
Somali Language Lab

Hi! I’m Mohammed.

I’m a qualified professional language teacher and the Founder of Somali Language Lab. I’ve taught English for over 15 years in schools and universities offline and online. And, I also teach Somali online to countless students from the USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Hungary, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.

I specialise in helping busy Somali language learners to speak Somali using correct pronunciation, rhythm, and word stress so they can conquer their fear of speaking Somali and communicate with courage.

I based this course on the shadowing technique to coach Somali language learners to improve their pronunciation and fluency and also to improve the other important aspects of Somali communication that will get them to fluency faster. I want to help you to feel comfortable speaking Somali, so that you can relax and be the confident Somali speaker you always wished you were.

Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently

Learn to be able to achieve this incredible goal, even if you’ve never spoken it before.

Expert Instruction

90 days unlimited consultation

Speech Evaluation

Live 1-1 feedback

Certificate

Awarded on completion

What Other Alternative Solutions Are Out There?

OPTION 1

You can give up on your dreams. And all the benefits of conversing clearly and confidently in Somali with your family, friends, and your loved ones and continue living with your fear of speaking Somali. But, let’s be frank, you wouldn’t have read up to this point if you wanted that.

OPTION 2

You are here because you believe that you deserve to speak Somali more clearly and more confidently than you do today. But, it’s incredibly difficult and time-consuming without the shortcuts we know.

This is an option for learners who prefer DIY options and are happy to spend years studying alone fumbling in the dark trying different methods.

Although I do not teach this course live or 1-1, but if I did, the cost would be $40 an hour for a duration of  30 hours or more, and you would end up paying around $1,200.

What most adult learners really want is a course that can make the learning process more efficient, and they’re willing to pay a premium to get it.

It took me years of failed attempts, tears, and frustration trying different methods before I found the solution. But, I’ll place you on the quickest and most direct route to help you sound clearer, more natural, more confident and more relaxed when you’re speaking Somali.

OPTION 3

Enrol in our course. It gives you step-by-step practical guidance on how to conquer your fear of speaking Somali and communicating with confidence. Learn just 3 skills which I will teach you and you won’t have to waste years trying to do this on your own. Online courses are a shortcut to an outcome. Forget the limited availability of Somali language teachers, Somali language learning textbooks and online resources, this is what you need. An intensive 1 hour of structured video lessons, easily digestible and actionable in in a very short pace of time. And that’s it.

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Seriously! If you use ’10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Success’ and it doesn’t work for you, I will fully refund you and also put my hand in my own pocket and buy you a different Somali pronunciation online learning course.

All I ask is that you just email me and show me your notes or completed worksheets from all of the modules of the course. Show me that you’ve honestly given it your best shot. And then let me know what course you want me to buy you – I’ll buy the other course for you within a month!

So that’s two special promises. I’m offering you a full satisfaction guarantee AND I’m willing to show that I mean what I say instead of just talking about it. 

I don’t make claims about this course because I know you will be 100% satisfied when you use ’10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Success’ to transform your pronunciation and accent. That’s how much I believe in ”10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Succes’

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Speech Evaluations

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Frequently asked questions

If you know the Somali alphabet you’ll benefit from this course. And if you don’t know it, because it’s written in Latin, it can be learnt in an hour. 

The course is split into four parts. Each part has three steps, each with a number of lessons which will walk you through a specific, step-by-step process so you’ll never get lost.Each video ranges from 3 to 6 minutes in length. In total there is about an hour of video content, each of the steps is an action item so you can actually begin to see results.

Some students have taken as little as 4 weeks to run through the process to make a transformation in their Somali speaking, reading, and listening skills, while others take their time and go more slowly.

You can take the course at your own pace, but if you’re like most, once you begin to see small wins upfront, you’ll begin to pick up speed and accelerate through the process.

Well, technology as a teaching/learning tool provides an interactive learning environment to enhancing learning.

Instructors play a secondary helping role by providing a conducive environment via putting their course syllabi, assignments and discussion forums online.

What really contributes to learners’ transformation is the learners themselves. Change must come from within the learners not from outside the learners.

If learners devote around 1.5 hours a day or a little more and progress through the steps in the prescribed order then yes it is possible to achieve such a transformation. But you, as the learner, have to put in the work to see and feel the transformation.

Not at all. But as with anything in life, you only get out of it what you put in. This course will get you listening to and speaking in Somali from the get go.

And, you don’t need a pen, notepad, course books, or Somali-English dictionaries. The course is delivered via audio and video and can be streamed on any of your devices from wherever you are.

It’s not too much work. It’s an intensive 1 hour of structured video lessons, easily digestible and actionable in a very short space of time. And  that’s it.

The course starts now – you get immediate access to all the online training. You can move through the course as you’d like, choosing when you want to start, finish, rewind or skip ahead, and re-watch whenever you need a refresher

Your period of access to the course depends on your chosen plan. 

You are here because you believe that you deserve to speak Somali more clearly and more confidently than you do today. But, it’s incredibly difficult and time-consuming without the shortcuts we know.

Although I do not teach this course live or 1-1, but if I did, I would charge around $40 an hour and you would need about 30 hours or more, and end up paying around $1,200.

The information in this course is worth well over $1200, but I’m selling it for just $99. That’s less than $9 a month if payment were split over a year.

What most adult learners really want is a course that can make the learning process more efficient, and they’re willing to pay a premium to get it.

It took me years of failed attempts, tears, and frustration trying different methods before I found the solution. But I’ll get you close to where I am in just 30 days

Or you can give up on your dreams. And all the benefits of conversing clearly and confidently in Somali with your family, friends, and your loved ones and continue living with your fear of speaking Somali. But, let’s be frank, you wouldn’t have read up to this point if you wanted that.

Learn just 3 skills which I will teach you and you won’t have to waste years trying to do this on your own.

Online courses are a shortcut to an outcome. Forget the limited availability of Somali language teachers, and Somali language learning textbooks and online resources, this is what you need. A 45 minute video course, easily digestible and actionable in 30 days, and that’s it.

You have 30 days’ to stream, devour, and try out this course.

If you’re not satisfied, we’re not satisfied.

That’s why we’ll happily give you your money back on any online course purchase from Somali Language Lab within 30 calendar days of your purchase. But, you must show me that you went through the course and took action, because none of the guidance, tips, and methods I share will work without you taking the time to implement them.

After the 30-day period, you will no longer be eligible and won’t be able to receive a refund. We encourage our students to try the course in the first month after their purchase to ensure it fits your needs.

Of course! Please enrol for free (as in zero payment) on the minicourse version.

The free mini course is designed to give you a taste of the quality, style and content you can expect from the main course ‘Speak Somali Clearly & Confidently.’

The link is further down below.

In the internet age you can learn basically whatever you fancy online and for free. But that’s not the point of online courses. Online courses are a shortcut to an outcome. It took me many years of failed attempts trying different things before I found the solution, But, I’ll place you on the quickest and most direct route to help you sound clearer, more natural, more confident and more relaxed when you’re speaking Somali.

You are here because you believe that you deserve to speak Somali more clearly and more confidently than you do today. But, it’s incredibly difficult and time-consuming without the shortcuts we know.

Learn just 3 skills which I will teach you and you won’t have to waste years trying to do this on your own.

Forget the limited availability of Somali language teachers, Somali language learning textbooks and online resources, this is what you need. An intensive 1 hour of structured video lessons, easily digestible and actionable in a very short space of time. And  that’s it.

Actually, many linguistic specialists are in favour of the shadowing technique as a compliment to traditional language learning. The following small selection of peer-reviewed academic research confirm the benefits of this technique in improving both listening and speaking skills:

REFERENCES

1. Zakeri, E. (2014). Post method era: Amalgamation of methods: A real example. International Journal of Language Learning and Applied Linguistics World, 5(2), 523-529.

2. Willardson, D. (2014). The effectiveness of computer-enhanced shadowing and tracking pronunciation exercises for intermediate level foreign language learners. Master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, US

3. Tanaka, M. (2002). Modern interpreting: Where English education and interpreter training intersect. Tsuyaku-Honyaku Journal

4. Tamai, K. (2005b). References on the Effects of Using Shadowing as a Method of Teaching Listening. Tokyo: Kazama Shobo

5. Shiota, K. (2012). The effectiveness of shadowing on students’ psychology in language learning. Journal of Accents

6. Mochizuki, M. (2006). Exploring the application of shadowing to Japanese education. Shicho kaku kyoiku [Audio-Visual Education] 6, 37-53.

7. Bovee, N. & Stewart, J. (2009). The utility of shadowing. JALT 2008 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.

8. Azimi Amoli, F. & Ghanbari, F. (2013). The effect of conversational shadowing on enhancing Iranian EFL learners’ oral performance based on accuracy. Journal of Advances in English Language Teaching,

9. International Journal of Research in English Education http://ijreeonline.com/article-1-98-en.html

10. Integration of Peer Assessment and Shadowing Strategies for Improving the Oral Performance of EFL Learners, Siao-Cing GUO & Ting-Chia HSU

11. Improving Students’ Listening Skill Through Shadowing, Mukminatus Zuhriyah, 2016

12. Effects of Shadowing and Tracking on Intermediate EFL Learners’ Oral Fluency, Fereshteh Yavari & Sajad Shafiee

Here’s the pitfall: if you’re not careful, especially if you’re a beginner in Somali, shadowing could ingrain pronunciation mistakes. The risk is that you mishear sounds and reproduce the nearest familiar sound from your own language.

When shadowing, you’ll be working with a text as well as audio. And, because Somali is written in the Latin alphabet, you could, double up the mistake by imposing the sound value English gives to a letter to that letter in Somali.

When you’re beginning with a language, you need to focus on individual sounds, syllables and words, without the pressure of pace that shadowing involves. So, in my course, before you begin shadowing, I will guide you through some of the sounds of Somali to get you up to speed so you can progress to shadowing.

You’ll also get one-to-one live corrective feedback evaluations from myself and checks at various stages of your language learning journey to work on sounds that you’re still not getting right.

I’ll work with you to get the right sound so that shadowing gives you an opportunity to practise the physical feel of articulating Somali. Which will help you in training the new moves your mouth needs.

I’ve been where you’ve been, and it wasn’t all that long ago. I remember what you’re going through because I was in your shoes just a few years ago. I’m not some expert who has been teaching on this topic for 20 years and has long since forgotten what it feels like to be in the beginning stages, I’m simply someone who figured out what works and wants to share my method with you.

I’m a qualified professional language teacher and an online Somali language tutor. I’ve taught Somali to countless students from the USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Hungary, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.

I specialise in helping busy Somali language learners conquer their fear of speaking Somali and communicate with courage.

I’ve developed this online course to help you reach fluency quicker and also to improve the other important aspects of Somali communication. I want to help you feel comfortable speaking Somali, so that you can relax and be the confident Somali speaker you always wished you were.

Most course books are geared towards super motivated learners. Unless you are really motivated to complete a course book or online course, a possible reason why you may fail to complete them might be because you find them boring.

Some language courses require you to spend hours memorising grammar rules and conjugation tables. Personally, I love studying language courses because I’m an incredibly motivated student. I’ve spent hundreds of hours memorising Somali grammar rules and conjugation tables. But, some students find this boring and just want to get out there, interact, speak, and grow their confidence.

Some students complain that language courses don’t give them a way to practice their speaking and listening skills. So what happens? They tend to get bored with the material. Why? Because deep down, they know that they won’t use most of what they’re learning, and it kills their motivation.

This course is different to traditional courses because it introduces busy Somali language learners to speaking Somali clearly and confidently, to improve their listening skills, and their oral reading ability by learning natural Somali expression, rhythm, and intonation.

I agree with you. I’m not advising you to abandon studying Somali grammar. Grammar is important. But, you need to start using Somali. You learn by doing. If you want to become a better speaker, you need to speak more. Without speech we cannot communicate with one another. Without speech, a language is reduced to a mere script. And if you want to become a better listener, you need to listen more. Some courses push you to learn by memorizing. They want you to learn by studying grammar rules. You won’t become fluent by studying rules. And, you won’t gain the confidence to speak by studying rules. You need to practice speaking and listening.

I made many mistakes in my journey to acquiring fluency and confidence. And, because there are many paths to fluency, I don’t believe I have all the answers. And, I’m certainly not the only one who knows how to do this. I just know what worked for me. And, I feel it may work for you too.

Most students just want to be able to speak some Somali clearly and with confidence. The purpose of this course is to help you gain the confidence to speak Somali. Once you’ve gained confidence, you’ll be fluent in no time.

As i said, I don’t believe I have all the answers.

But, I went from having very little confidence in speaking Somali to becoming a confident speaker.

The question is, how did I go from zero to hero in record time?

Well, I made fluency my priority instead of accuracy (grammar)..I realized it’s all about focusing on the 20% of skills that get you 80% of your results. Things like pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm. Soon after, my pronunciation and accent problems were solved and my confidence went through the roof. Now, I was really flying!

I realized that I can’t study to get this confidence. Confidence wasn’t hidden somewhere on page 150, it was working on the three core pronunciation skills and then just getting into an actual conversation and proving to myself that I can do it.

There’s a big difference between accuracy and fluency. “Accuracy” refers to how correctly you use a language, including your use of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. Whilst, “fluency” means how capable you are of speaking with ease.

I agree that studying can help you to improve your accuracy or to pass a test. But it is an artificial means of acquiring or improving the language.

I made many mistakes in my journey to acquiring fluency and confidence. And, because there are many paths to fluency, I don’t believe I have all the answers. And, I’m certainly not the only one who knows how to do this. I just know what worked for me. And, I feel it may work for you too.

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You get two special promises. First, you get 30 days to try the course with a 100% money-back guarantee.

My second promise is if you honestly try ’10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Success’ and it doesn’t work for you, you can have your money back AND I will also pay for you to try any other online Somali pronunciation course.

Seriously! If you use ’10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Success’ and it doesn’t work for you, I will fully refund you and also put my hand in my own pocket and buy you a different Somali pronunciation online learning course.

All I ask is that you just email me and show me your notes or completed worksheets from all of the modules of the course. Show me that you’ve honestly given it your best shot. And then let me know what course you want me to buy you – I’ll buy the other course for you within a month!

So that’s two special promises. I’m offering you a full satisfaction guarantee AND I’m willing to show that I mean what I say instead of just talking about it. 

I don’t make claims about this course because I know you will be 100% satisfied when you use ’10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Success’ to transform your pronunciation and accent. That’s how much I believe in ”10 weeks to Somali Pronunciation Succes’

Add-Ons

1 to 1 coaching sessions

Included in VIP-Premium Plan and can also be bought separately as an add-on.

Group Coaching Sessions

Included in VIP-Premium Plan and can also be bought separately as an add-on.

Speech Evaluations

Included in VIP-Premium Plan and can also be bought separately as an add-on.

Free minicourse

This free mini course is designed to give you a taste of the quality, style and content you can expect from the main course ‘Speak Somali Like a Native.’

Mohammed Nur (MSc, BSc, TEFL)

Founder
Somali Language Lab

A final note

Online courses help me reach more students and allow me to deliver even more in-depth training than I could in person. Students are developing their skills faster by watching the videos in the comfort and safety of their homes before engaging in real Somali conversations.

This is a course that I am proud to have developed. The three core skills that you will learn are the skills that finally enabled me and many, many of my students to conquer their fear of speaking Somali and communicate with courage. I hope that you will sign up so I can help you overcome your problems and get that amazing result!