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Early Registration for Spring Session now Open!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Children, Home, Learning Options, NYC | 4 comments

As the birds chirp and flower buds reopen, so too will your confidence bloom…if you sign up for Yoruba class! Prepare for your summer travel–or just summer socializing–with this course on Yoruba basics. You will learn how to formulate your thoughts and express yourself in Yoruba, while mastering the art of comprehension. Curated films and music will be integral to your learning as you translate your favorite songs from Yoruba to English. We are currently accepting registration for adult classes (weekday evenings) and Saturday school for children. All courses follow the Oyo standard of Yoruba instruction with a full standard language curriculum taught by native Yoruba professional instructors. YCI provides a safe space for language learners in and out of the classroom. We promise you will never be ridiculed, or left behind. Learning Yoruba is life-changing and opens you...

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The Winter Session Begins on January 16

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Children, Home, Learning Options, NYC | 0 comments

  We are excited to announce that our Winter Session will begin on January 16! As international fascination with Yoruba culture increases more each day, don’t be left behind, not knowing what WizKid, Ice Prince and Adekunle Gold are singing about. Team up with our professional instructors to learn our native tongue and know more about our culture. We are currently accepting registration for adult classes (weekday evenings) and Saturday school for children. All courses follow the Oyo standard of Yoruba instruction with a full standard language curriculum. Classes are not just your run-of-the-mill sentence building exercises, but also utilize film and music. You can also get plugged in to the NYC Nigerian social scene. All of our instructors are professional instructors and native Yoruba speakers who are passionate about imparting the Yoruba language and culture. We provide a...

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The Fall Session Begins on October 15!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Children, Home, Learning Options, NYC | 2 comments

We are excited to announce that our Fall Session will begin on October 15! We are currently accepting registration for adult classes (weekday evenings) and Saturday school for children. All courses follow the Oyo standard of Yoruba instruction with a full standard language curriculum. Instruction is more fun with the inclusion of film, music and social events for all levels. All of our instructors are professional instructors and native Yoruba speakers who are passionate about imparting the Yoruba language and culture. Our team creates a safe space for language learners in and out of the classroom. Adults can choose from evening classes (Mon/Wed OR Tue/Thurs) or Saturday. Evening classes run from 6:30pm to 8pm. Saturday classes run from 10am to 1pm. Children learn in the Saturday school which runs from 10am to 1pm. All classes take place at the...

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Kilo n sele: I’m Getting Fluent in Brooklyn

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Articles, Events, Home, Learning Options, Yoruba | 3 comments

Who I Am Oruko mi ni Basirat Ottun.  Mo’n gbe ni Brooklyn.  Mo je omo Yoruba.  Currently, I am one of a number of people that have been given the tremendous opportunity to take part in the Yoruba Fluency Project. I began my Yoruba language classes in February 2014, and will continue through with the project over the course of the next few months.  Part of the project will consist of a trip by project participants to Nigeria to engage in language and art related projects. Lost in Translation Being that I am a second-generation Nigerian American, some may wonder why I would even need to take Yoruba classes.  Shouldn’t I already know the language?  The answer to this question is two-fold both yes and no.  On the one hand, I am no stranger to the Yoruba language.  As...

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To Carry a Wife: The Rites & Significance Yoruba Traditional Marriage

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Articles, Culture, Home | 3 comments

This article is a continuation of the previous article on Traditional Yoruba Marriage. Now, we will be looking at specific terms defining the marriage process.   The traditional wedding itself is called “Igbeyawo.” It literally means “the carrying of the bride.” This term is coined from the old tradition of lifting the new bride into her new home as a welcoming act.   This is usually done after the party is over and the bride is taken to the groom’s family house or, in modern days, her new home. She is escorted by her friends with gifts such as kitchen utensils, clothes, jewelry and all things used by women. Once she gets to her new home, a woman is selected from the groom’s family to ushers her into the home. At the entrance of the house, the bride’s feet are...

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Don’t be Discouraged: Five Comebacks for Those Who Laugh at Your Yoruba

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Home, Yoruba | 0 comments

Learning Yoruba? Still working on your accent? Your vocabulary? Yoruba people tend to find great humor in new learners. They will chuckle at your missed tones, wrong vocabulary and your “Igbo” accent. Well, we believe that fluent speakers should be the first to partner with learners in supporting them to learn the language. But if you come across an aunty or cousin, for example, who finds it drop dead funny that you are still in the learning phase of your native tongue and you miss a word or tone here and there, here are some great comebacks that are almost sure to get them to back off:   1. “Don’t make fun of my Yoruba and I won’t make fun of your Heenglish.” Most of the people making fun of your growing Yoruba skills probably don’t speak perfect English—or...

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