The fourth edition of the “Let’s Learn Guarani?” course starts this Wednesday (15th). Scheduled until September 18, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the online classes will be taught by Alberto Tupã Ra’y, a Guarani Nhandeva indigenous and a Guarani language teacher at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF).
The course is part of the Museum’s initiatives to disseminate Brazilian indigenous history and culture and aims to “present linguistic and cultural aspects of the Guarani language, one of the 205 indigenous languages currently spoken in Brazil, according to IBGE data”.
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Lídia Meirelles, coordinator of the Museu do Índio, emphasizes that indigenous languages gave rise to words and expressions present in our vocabulary. “The Portuguese spoken in Brazil incorporated, only from languages originating from the Tupi Trunk, at least 20,000 words, this includes expressions, proper names, toponyms, names of animals, plants native to Brazil, among others. That is why it is so important to know the our language, as it is the most effective way of transmitting our culture,” he explains.
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Classes will be broadcast on Youtube. To access the link, you must register here.
Source: BoF Minas Gerais
Edition: Elis Almeida