Learn Southern Saami (Sámi)

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About Southern Saami (Sámi)

Southern Saami, also spelt Sami or Sámi, is a severely endangered language spoken in parts of Norway and Sweden, especially in Snåsa, Røyrvik, Røros and Hattfjelldal. There are 10 different Saami languages which are not all mutually understandable - for example, Southern Saami speakers will not understand Northern Saami speakers. Saami belongs to the Uralic language family and is related to Finnish and Estonian, not Norwegian or Swedish. The uTalk Southern Saami course was made with the help of Aajege, a Southern Saami organisation which works to promote the language and culture.

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Fun facts — Saami (Southern)

  • The word 'Tundra' comes from Saami.
  • The Saami have 8 seasons, not 4, because of the lifespan of the reindeer. The Saami months are also named after the stages of a reindeer's life.
  • The Saami have a tradition called ‘yoiking’, the oldest musical tradition in Europe. Yoiks are melodic, rhythmic chants with few lyrics which evoke either a person, a place or an animal. You don’t yoik about someone, you yoik them.

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