My online journey into lingala fluency
A Sociolinguistic Profile of Lingala September 18, 2008
Why Should You Study Lingala?
Lingala is undoubtedly the most important indigenous investment language of Central Africa. Its fuller potential has yet to be realized due to the political instability that has characterized this region, especially DRC and Congo-Brazzaville. In due time, the development of the DRC's immense natural resources (from precious minerals, to acqua- and agri-cultural, and hydroelectric power) will establish Lingala firmly as the critical investment language. In the meantime, its current prestige and functions in the larger parts of the African Great Lakes region makes it a major gateway to a fuller understanding of the urban cultural life and regional socio-political developments. Also, to appreciate the great cultural value of the Congolese music one needs to learn the language both for entertainment and for educational enrichment. The richness of the Congolese music in Lingala, its role as a chronicler of Congolese socio-cultural history, and its immense influence on other African music genres are unmatched by any other African pop language. Lingala is certainly a gateway to a variety of opportunities.
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