Typing Massalit: Windows keyboard for computers available

Some colleagues have developed a modified Turkish (TR) keyboard for Windows computers that shows up in your normal Windows language bar.

  1. Download the zip file: TR keyboard and Andika font (1.8 MB) (Click the blue “Download” button to save to your computer).
  2. Open the zip file and “Extract All” (Note: This is an important step!)
  3. Open the folder “Keyboard tchadq MS Keyboard TR”.
  4. Double-click on the “setup.exe” file.
  5. Wait for the pop-up box (it may take awhile) to ask you for permission to install. Click “Yes”.
  6. A dialog box will be displayed when it has installed correctly. Click “Close”.
  7. Check the language bar on your computer. You should now have the TR keyboard installed. Change from “ENG” (or other language) to “TUR” to use your new keyboard.

For more information:

You can also download the TR keyboard and fonts separately:
(Click the blue “Download” button to save to your computer)

For smartphone and other computer keyboards, see our Keyboards page.

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New Android app: Kôro kitabta nî

You can download a book app for Android smartphones here (6 MB).

Download and install on your phone for easy reading!

The app contains the following books:

  • Bis tîŋgi
  • Înje kâddi
  • Dîk hille ta
  • Nintika Fatime taŋa
  • Andiyak niyana
  • Âfururaŋgi nomon̰e
  • Maŋ saa nî de le
  • Hikma dala Sileman to
  • Kallikandi sîŋgee nû
  • Fatime kimin̰ mbo tîrmila
  • Aŋtiren̰ Masaraa nîŋ

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For more books, see our Books page

African Keyboard for Smartphone

Good news! The African Keyboard app (for Android phones), which is available for free on the Google Play store, now includes our Massalit alphabet letters!

Here is how to get and use it:

  1. Download the app from the Google Play store: Click here OR open the Google Play store and search for “African Keyboard”. AfricanKeyboard
  2. Install the app on your phone.
  3. Go to your phone Settings to enable the keyboard:
    Settings

    > Languages and Input
    > Keyboards & Input Methods
    > Current Keyboards
    > Choose
    Keyboards. 
    Turn on the African Keyboard.   
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  4. Go back to Language & Input. Under “Keyboard & Input Methods”, you should now see “African Keyboard” listed. Tap on “African Keyboard” and tap on “Character Set“. Choose “National Alphabet of Chad“.
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  5. Now you can go to any other app, such as WhatsApp or Facebook or Messenger, and when you type, tap the Globe icon to switch between keyboards.
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  6. Use the African Keyboard to type in Massalit:
    • To get any of the characters/numbers in blue (e.g. ŋ or 1), press a bit longer than usual.
    • To get the accents, just tap the letter first and then tap the accent (e.g. a and  ̂ to get â)
    • To type the n̰, tap the n first and then tap 2 times on the 7.
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Thank you to Dominik and Kobi for your help on this!

For more information and instructions in English or in French, see Dominik’s Web site.

Massalit Alphabet Book

Kitab tîŋge mbo gûmma mbo (Kitab ABC for kids)

Teacher’s Book, Vol. 1 (A-L), 2016 (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Teacher’s Book, Vol. 2 (M-Z), 2016 Teacher’s Book, Vol. 2 (M-Z) (PDF, 4.1 MB)

Student’s Book (A-Z), 2016 (PDF, 6.3 MB)

This is a pre-primer called “The letters and sounds of my language”, to introduce children to the relationship between the sounds and letters of the Massalit alphabet.

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For more books, see our Books page.

Happy new year 2017!

Greetings to all and Happy new year!

Just to let you know that we have a few new books coming soon – “The sounds and letters of my language”, which is being used for children to learn the Massalit alphabet, and a Massalit atlas.

Also, we know many people now have smartphones and want to be able to type the whole Massalit alphabet on your phones. Unfortunately, we have not yet located a suitable keyboard for the special characters. We will definitely let you know when we do.

Cheers and best wishes to all for 2017!