Foreword

 

Dr. Richard Smith, formerly of SIM in Burkina Faso, began collecting Fulfulde words from 1991-1995, and published the first edition of a 4,659-word Fulfulde-English dictionary. After working another 12 years, Dr. Smith, produced a second edition of the dictionary containing 7,124 words and 1,500 illustrative phrases.  The words from four dialects of Fulfulde are displayed in this dictionary:  Jelgoore, Yaagaare, Gurmaare, Moosiire. Dr. Smith is grateful for the help from Fulbe speakers who have provided this valuable data. He did not have an informant from Liptaakuure, another Burkina Faso sub-dialect, in order to gather words from that dialect.

Later on, we have enlarged this dictionary by consulting different sources, so that now there are 11430 entries and 3000 colour illustrations, and over 8600 sound files. A computer version is available on demand (e-mail to: dictionnaires.bf@gmail.com)

This dictionary database has been converted into FLEx to enable better dictionary lookup features. A rudimentary mobile app with Dictionary App Builder is also available on google Play Store, free download.

We invite anyone who has suggestions for additional words for this dictionary to leave a message on the Contact Us page.