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Manipuri is one of the scheduled languages of India. The outcome of a series of workshops, the volume presents a total of 60 lessons, meant primarily for the Manipuri teacher trainees who were not acquainted with the language earlier, which constitute the Basic Course of learning Manipuri in the North East Regional Language Centre, Guwahati of the Central Institute of Indian Languages. The Basic Course is a three-phase ten-month course of 1100 hours of instruction. The Basic Course is intended to help readers perceive and reproduce sounds and their meaningful sequences, form sentences orally from given patterns and lexical items, narrate specific events orally, and converse with the teachers and fellow trainees on specific topics.
The lessons in the book comprise dialogue, drills, exercises, vocabulary and notes. The language variety used for the dialogues and other purposes is the standard colloquial as spoken by educated Manipuris in the valley districts of Manipur. Some of the lessons in the book are provided with literature on Parivardhit Devanagari using extra symbols to represent the different Manipuri sounds.
To make the teaching much more relevant, the work contains characters and situations that are not typical of the Manipur environment and context but are essentially relevant to the use of Manipuri language by the adult second language learners. Though the book is the prescribed text for the Basic Course phase of learning Manipuri, it may also be used for any generalised second language programme in Manipuri by adult learners and their teachers.
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An intensive course in Manipuri