Basque Group 2017

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Basque Group 2017

Postby crush » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:26 pm

Any other takers for Basque this year? I'll be happy to help you find resources, give suggestions based off my own studies and (limited) experience, etc. I'm also working on a few tools to help myself and my partner learn Basque, and could use some more motivation to actually get around to writing them ;)

If i can't convince anyone else to join me in learning Basque, how about a group for students of the various regional languages of the Iberian Peninsula?

Basque Group Logs:
Vedun (latest post)
Systematiker (latest post)
crush (latest post)

Online Dictionaries:
http://hiztegiak.elhuyar.eus/ (eu <-> es, en, fr) - i generally use this one.
https://hiztegia.labayru.eus/ (eu <-> es)
http://www.ehu.eus/eeh/ (eu <-> eu, check the side bar for other dictionaries and tools!)
Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia (eu <-> eu, again, there are other dictionaries/tools in the sidebar)

Courses:
Free:
Ikasten.net - one of the most complete courses, covers A1-B2
Gorka's course

Non-Free:
English:
The Basque Language: A Practical Introduction
Colloquial Basque
A Student Grammar of Basque
Aurrera!

Spanish:
Assimil - Iniciación al euskera
Bakarka

French:
Assimil - Le Basque Unifié (Initiation)

Reading/Listening Practice:
HABE's Docutec - amazing resource for listening/reading comprehension, all organized by level (A1-C2). The exercise section is also nice, as well.
Aprende euskera con tus hijos y los cuentos (audio + Spanish translations)

Speaking Practice:
Mintzanet - free service that pairs native/advanced speakers with learners (B1+)

Songs:
Quiet/Folk:
Urko - Gure lagunei
Urko - Lehenengo ikasgaia
Another version of Kaixo (made by Go!azen as a language learning tool)
Itoiz - Lau teilatu

Poppy:
Huntza - Aldapan gora
Zea Mays - Negua joan da ta
Ken Zazpi - Ilargia
Su Ta Gar - Bazoaz
Gozategi - Nor-nori-nork
Go!azen - Euskararen Txantxangorria
Hesia - Hemen nago
Kauta - Nostalgia
Lauroba - Nun zaude
Enkore - Muxurik muxu
Berri txarrak - Poligrafo bakarra
Izaki Gardenak - Aurri gara

Ska:
Esna Beltza - Ez da ezetz
eZen balea - Bueltaka

Loud/Heavy:
Yaw - Malda
Negu Gorriak - Esan ozenki
Su Ta Gar - Jo ta ke
Iheskide - Libre
Urtz - Kaixo
Lisabö - Ez zaitut somatu iristen
Oliba Gorriak - Garaipenera arte!
Willis Drummond - Ez da dudarik

Rap/Hip-Hop:
Norte Apache - Nire aitaren etxea
M.A.K. - Denok ala inor ez
Norzzone - Artisaua
Glaukoma - Egunon

Watch/Download Movies and TV Shows:
http://www.eitb.eus/eu/telebista/programak/goazen/ - a program for learning Basque, has a show with 9 one-hour episodes, karaoke songs (with lyrics), and more.
http://www.eitb.eus/eu/kultura/zinema-euskaraz/
Euskal Encodings
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby Vedun » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:24 pm

crush wrote:Any other takers for Basque this year?
Bai! Looking to gain a solid B1 or B2 level this year.
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby Saim » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:24 pm

I've learned the basics of Basque, although it has always been a kind of on-and-off thing for me. There were moments where I'd really get into it but for whatever reason I couldn't maintain motivation. I'll definitely pay attention to any pointers, resources, or especially native media you post - maybe that'll help me get some motivation back. :)

As a start, here's a cool song with (very clear) lyrics in the video (easy to sing along to!):

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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby Systematiker » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:12 pm

Count me in, even if I'm not studying it as seriously as some of my other languages.
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby crush » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:47 pm

Great! It's really great to see so many folks interested in Basque! I'm not sure what we've got to do to make it official, but i think we've got more than enough people to start a team :)

I'm also aiming for B2 this year, i'm planning on spending my summer vacation in the Basque Country and have started on a few tools to help me learn, as my dream is to make learning Basque easier and more fun... so we'll see. And still pushing for the Duolingo Basque course.

An online Basque friend sent this song to me the other day, saying it was currently pretty popular over there:


EDIT:
I'm more of a hip-hop/punk fan myself:
Norte Apache - Nire aitaren etxea


M.A.K. - Denok ala inor ez


Yaw - Malda (it's the whole album, couldn't find individual songs on Youtube, sorry)


Negu Gorriak - Esan ozenki


And i'm also a big fan of a lot of Urko's stuff:
Gure lagunei


and the song we can all sing along to... Lehenengo ikasgaia!
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby crush » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:17 am

Just came across this site:
Aprende euskera con tus hijos y los cuentos

The stories also have recordings and translations into Spanish :)

What resources are you all using? My main resources at the moment is The Basque Language: A Practical Introduction.
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby PeterMollenburg » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:40 pm

Great to see a Basque group! Especially with crush at the helm. I'll remain an interested observer... good luck all!
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby Systematiker » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:56 pm

I'm using the ikasten site (http://www.hiru.eus/e-ikasi/idiomas/ikasten) and a Curso Gratuito de Euskara (by Gorka Bakero, I think it can be found at aprendereuskara.com, but it was emailed to me). I've only done through lessons one and three, respectively :lol:
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby crush » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:59 am

The Ikasten site is wonderful for the material it offers, but it could really use an update. Gorka's course is great, too, but you get overwhelmed with verb forms near the end. I started updating the English version, fixing typos, adding better explanations here and there, and just making it a bit prettier. If anyone else was interested, i could work on finishing it up. I've only done the first six lessons.
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Re: Basque Group 2017

Postby Vedun » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:13 am

I also use the ikasten course, just a bit after the half waypoint, but probably have gotten ahead of myself and need to do a solid revisement of everything so far - currently all my grammatical knowledge is one big entangled mess.
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