Pulaar love poem


Ayaawo maa e nder daandorgal

Ko yimre burnde weldé e jime

Kono heño hoto momtaadé

Ko no woni battidudo mbodo yidimaa

Translated into Fulani by Gaye Seyni
Pulaar love poem

Book of poetry "La Glace"
Original version
French poem

Fulah language and Fulbe people

A Fulah love poem (Fulani, Fula, Fulbe, Fulfude, Pulaar, Peulh, Foulani, Peul, Foulfoude, Fulfulde, Fulah, Pular) from Mauritania, the Senegambian language of Fulani and Toutcouleur people.

This vehicular language is spoken in many African countries; it is divided into many dialects, many of which are still little known. One distinguishes a Western group and an oriental group; One of the striking features of the distinction between the two groups is the morphene of formation of the infinitive "de" at west and "go" at east.

Fulani is a language of nominal classes. We observe a regular alternation of the initial consonant in singular and plural; Combined with class suffixes, this trait often gives very different words in singular and plural. The lexicon has made numerous borrowings from Arabic, and in the languages in contact: Mandingo and Ouolof for the dialects of the West, Kanouri and Hausa for those of the East. Mauritania stretches between Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean. If the Arabic Hassanya remains the most spoken language 66%, the Foulani comes second with 6.4%.

Fulbe generally call their language Pular in Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and Fulfude in Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. This language is probably spoken by 17 million people, and is written either with the Arabic script or with the Latin alphabet.

Peulh is a language with linguistic taboos. If it is correct to say certain things, it is absolutely wrong to say some others. Some words are taboo for everyone, for example certain ways to address in kinship relationships. The names of the body parts are often taboo or coarse.

Nearly 30 million Peuls (Foulanis, Foulbés) express themselves in the agglutinating language of these nomads and semi-nomads. Fulani are nomadic cattle-herding people, which are thought to be of great antiquity. Their ultimate origin is a source of much speculation. Some think that they came from Nil valley to Mauritania by the Sahara which was still luxuriant.

Later, some will have migrate to found Kolianke kingdom in Guinea, and still later, so others will have traveled until Nigeria, Mali and Cameroon. Mauritania is between Sahara and Atlantic Ocean.

Other Senegambian language
Wolof poem
Poem translated into Pulaar (524 languages)