If you’re looking for material to learn Corsican online, and struggling to do so, you’re in the right place.
One of the main difficulties when learning a new language is to know where to start. Another one is to find adapted material.
Whether you’re actually starting to learn the Corsican language, trying to brush up or, at any other level, trying to maintain it by getting some degree of exposure (there are many different ways to do that, which we will develop in a future article).
Finding the right material is even harder when the language is not so common on the internet, and your level doesnt allow you to go straight to the source.
NB: remember, just because it’s not on the internet does NOT always mean it doesn’t exist!
Fortunately, there’s plenty of material available for free on the internet if you want to learn Corsican.
Unfortunately, most of them are not optimized for search engines: you basically have to know the website’s exact address or you won’t find what you’re looking for.
So there it is: your first suggestions to start learning, or immerse yourself into Corsican.
NB: We’re focusing on the main Southern dialect here.
TOOLS TO LEARN CORSICAN:
1. Infcor, from ADECEC
The most comprehensive French – Corsican dictionary online, for those comfortable enough with French. Other tools are being developed within and outside Corsica. For example, Google translate has Corsican featured, but it will need time to get better. Infcor is available on mobile, along with other features, such as Corsican news.
BOOKS, AND OTHER WRITTEN MATERIAL TO LEARN CORSICAN:
2. Blogs: Invistita, Marcu Biancarelli, Avali, Pour une littérature corse, L’invitu
Just as for other languages, many famous Corsican authors also write online – sometimes on their own blog, sometimes cross blogging together. Jureczek, Biancarelli, and Paganelli are among my personal favourite.
Many Corsican writers have shown great skill to write in Corsican with little or no model to follow, and with great variety: theatre, poems, novels…
To navigate through some of those blogs, French can help you a great deal, as texts in Corsican are sometimes quite hard to find, hidden between their translation and other texts, usually in French.
We are focusing on southern dialects here, to be consistent with the variety we’re looking for – which, by the way, is harder to find if you don’t know the author’s name. A shame really, given the quality of their work.
Sometimes you can find whole chapters of their novels, essays, or other works uploaded on these blogs, which is as generous as essential for some of them: Murtoriu, for example, is one of the very succesful books that sold out very quickly and could not be re-printed…
Rule of thumb if you’re in a Corsican library: buy quick if you find anything older than 3 years old!
Not made by professionals, litterally a logbook (« taccuinu ») from someone learning the language, other blogs like this can also be found, which we’ll upload soon.
Most of it is written is French but there’s plenty of links to other websites as well as audio bits to actually start learning Corsican online. Well-made for beginners.
SONGS, PODCASTS, AND OTHER AUDIO MATERIAL TO LEARN CORSICAN:
4. Songs: U cervu corsu (cover), Ricordu, Paci, Ti tengu cara (cover)
Those are just a few examples. If there’s one kind of material the Corsican language does NOT lack, it’s songs! Bands that have focused their production on the southern dialect include Diana di l’Alba, I Surghjenti and Svegliu d’Isula.
5. Voce nustrale:
A free radio app to listen to Corsican online or on the go.
You will see there’s plenty to download on the website, but this is by far one of the most interesting, best quality, 100% audio (although you can find the books associated when you feel ready to start tackling written Corsican).
Three different varieties have been recorded by professionals, who speak the language in a natural way, through dialogues illustrating daily life in Corsican villages, with a bunch of local jokes sprinkled around.
You will notice a great variety of accents here, as regional varieties are sometimes coupled with the presence of older as well as newer pronunciations – as happens with modern Corsican.
7. Podcasts RCFM & Alta Frequenza : European day of languages, R. Coti, Corsican delicatessen
Ok I might as well let you know that it’s no coincidence the name of this article’s author matches the name of the interviewee in the first link.
It was selected here for another reason though: Lisandru Bassani’s accent is particularly interesting for those who want to study Corsican, as it comes from one of the most ancient varieties. You’ll notice the authentic pronunciation of the rolled « r » and many other features.
The same goes with the second podcast: Rinatu Coti may be the most renowned and admired writer from the South to write books in Corsican. He’s written theatre plays, novels, poems… The third podcast is about what’s in the broadcast’s title: Sapè fà, which is translated verbatum as « savoir-faire », or even « craft » or « expertise ».
VIDEOS TO LEARN CORSICAN:
8. From the University of Corsica
This one is a discussion between Corsican writers discussing the latest novel from Marceddu Jureczek.
It’s a great book about the difficulties to go back to your homeland after 10 years, and the struggles to communicate with close relatives about a number of topics.
Flashbacks punctuate Andria’s trip back to its roots for his father’s burrial, illustrating the mixed feelings one can experience in such a situation.
You can find many other videos published by the University of Corsica.
9. Inseme, A mio lingua (Via stella)
There’s plenty to watch online if you start exploring Via Stella, the local broadcasting TV channel, although you will mostly find the northern dialects represented. This is partly due to the location of the studios. Another nice Youtube channel to hear Corsican is David Rosso.
10. Fiura Mossa: Yakari, Grufalu
Pretty recent too, with great quality dubbing, for smaller learners mainly, but not only 🙂 The Yakari comics were initially promoted at the end of Astérix’s albums, while the animation for the original version was actually directed by Xavier Giacometti, from… Corsica!
A great place then, not only to find out how Corsican is used today, but also to get quality written material.
A FEW, MORE RECENT RESSOURCES TO LEARN CORSICAN ONLINE INCLUDE:
12. Compru in corsu
Great, especially if you’re going to Corsica at some point, to find local Corsican-speaking businesses, where you can then practice while browsing!
You will find several businesses registered outside the island. Did you know you can speak Corsican in Los Angeles for example (and drink, and eat of course)? They also have a mobile app.
Since 2015, more and more material is being translated to Corsican, while some is written primarily in the language.
14. Corsican Diaspora
Especially interesting if you’re looking to connect with Corsican people around the world. “Are you Corsican, or friends with Corsica?” is their headline.
A more recent website, with many more functionalities, and ever growing since the end of 2016. It is a mix between a Corsican Linkedin and Twitter. The goal is to connect people around projects linked to the island.
There we are!
Seems like you’re ready to go now! That said, I highly recommend you find guidance as soon as you experience problems.
You don’t want your motivation to fade away, for any reason. A good teacher should be able to adapt their lessons and provide further guidance regarding your choice of material.
À prestu! (=See you soon)