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Help others to learn Malagasy!

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that there are much less materials online for learning Malagasy than there are for other languages. The only online language course that I know of on Malagasy is in French and it is quite old as well. Over half the languages that are on Google Translate are much smaller in population and many are official languages nowhere, yet Malagasy still doesn't have a showing there.

With this post I would like to do a bit change that, but being a…


Posted by Gary Dale Cearley on July 8, 2012 at 11:30am

My own Malagasy language resource: Malagasy Power Vocabulary

I will visit Madagascar in a few weeks and I hope to have a few basic words down for once I am there. As such I have been working with what sources I could find on the internet. And there aren't many when compared to other languages, that's for sure! So to…


Posted by Gary Dale Cearley on February 19, 2011 at 7:30pm

Missing Madagascar

I'm dying to get back to Madagascar. I had some of the most amazing experiences of my life on the eighth continent. The people, the culture and the rainforests had a profound impact on me. When we gazed at the night sky in Berenty it seemed like we could see the farthest corners of the universe. Suffice to say you have never really seen the night sky until you have gazed up at it from the pitch-black spiny forests of Madagascar. The sound of villagers playing valiha (a bamboo tube zither) in… Continue

Posted by Daniel Leuck on April 4, 2010 at 1:14pm

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