Lingala is a Bantu language spoken in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, as well as Angola and the Central African Republic. This course is a Lingala basic-level language program developed by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI).
The course has been used for over thirty years by United States government diplomats and officers for learning the Lingala language. Other popular language programs (including Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur) rely heavily on the methods pioneered in this exclusive course. The course contains over 10 hours of educational audio with Student text (download-able). The program is designed to help students reach a level of proficiency which will enable them to participate effectively in most formal and informal. The reference manual has 308 pages of exercises and drills that supplement the audio portion of the course.