Learn Cape Verdean Crioulo in 20 Minutes, June 27

Would they understand you if you dropped in at S. Nicolau? A free 1-hour introduction into Cape Verdean Crioulo is being offered by two experts on the subject, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. This turn-of-the-century postcard view titled "Cabo Verde, S. Nicolau, Ribeira Brava" is from of the Museum's collection.

Two Cape Verdean Harvard professors will offer an introduction to Cape Verdean Crioulo at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. But can you really learn the language in twenty minutes? Join us for this free (one-hour) program and find out from the experts.

A native of the island of São Nicolau, Professor Carlos Almeida now lives in the United States. He is a recognized authority on Cape Verdean literature. A lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bristol Community College, he teaches Cape Verdean Creole and advises various Lusophone groups and projects. He is also the co-owner of Rosinha’s Restaurant, a popular Cape Verdean restaurant in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, known for its full schedule of cultural events. His current work includes a Cape Verdean Creole language learning textbook that he is co-authoring with Dr. Inês Brito.

Professor Inês Brito is a native of the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. She holds advanced degrees from Universities in Cape Verde, Portugal, and the United States in the areas of education, literature, and linguistics. A literacy instructor in the Boston Public Schools, she also teaches Cape Verdean Creole at Harvard University. She has served as a committee member in the development of ALUPEC, the standardized orthography for Cape Verdean Creole, and has played an integral role as a consultant, employee, and volunteer with numerous Cape Verdean political, social, and educational organizations.

“How to Learn Cape Verdean Crioulo in 20 Minutes” is part of the kickoff of a week of Cape Verdean cultural programs leading up to the opening of the Whaling Museum’s Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit on July 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. on June 27, Artworks will host a showing by Cape Verdean artist Nela Barbosa who is touring the United States with her art.

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