Hausa Language joins the ‘African class’ of Somali, Swahili, Afrikaans and Kinyawrwanda, as the latest African language incorporated by Facebook into its language options.
Hausa language is one of the leading African languages predominantly used in west Africa especially in northern Nigeria, Chad and Niger. It is estimated that about 35 million people speak it as a first language.
To change the language, all you need to do is to navigate to setting, click on the “Language Option” on the left menu bar, select the ‘Hausa’ as your preferred language option and you are good to go.
“What’s on your mind“ for instance has been replaced by its Hausa equivalent, “Mene ne a zuciyarka” meaning literally, ‘‘what is on your heart.”
Other phrases designed to help you get by includes:
- I’m on holiday = Inaa lokachin huutu
- Good luck = Allah ya ba da sa’a
- Happy birthday = Barka da sabon shekara
- Your baby looks sweet = Diyan ka na sheeki
- Welcome = San (nu) da zuwa
- Long time, no see = Kwana biyu (literally ‘two days’)
- Please = Don Allah (literally ‘for the sake of God)
- Facebook is advanced in language than Twitter = Facebook tayi nesa da Twitter bangaren yaruka
- If anyone else shares the video of the cat sleeping under the chicks I’m quitting Facebook = Idan wani ya tura bidiyon kenwa da ke kwanche akarkashin kaji, zan rabu da Facebook.
Hausa audience on the platform have expressed excitement at the development describing it as a huge step for the language.
When the site started, the team created the Translate Facebook app so that the Facebook community could translate the service and it could then be available to people all over the world.
Today, the social network site has over 100 languages available to users. Facebook is also available in some other languages: Malagasy in Madagascar, Tamazight in Morocco, Somali in Somalia, Sardinian in Italy, Irish in Ireland, Silesian in Poland and Czech Republic, Faroese in Faroe Island, etc.