FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q1. What does EEP stand for?
Answer: EEP stands for Ekegusii Encyclopedia Project. 

Q2. What are the objectives of EEP?
Answer: To promote, preserve and revitalize Ekegusii language. 

Q3. What do you mean by Promote?
Answer: By advocating for the language to be  given recognition and the usage it so deserves.

 Q4. How have you preserved Ekegusii?
Answer: By documentation; amongst them generation of dictionary and other documenters towards the completion of an encyclopedia.

 Q5. How are you revitalizing Ekegusii?
Answer: Providing a reference and through advocacy for both native Ekegusii speakers and people interested in learning the language

Q6. Where is Ekegusii spoken?
Answer: Its spoken in Kenya by Abagusii who live in the south western part of the country.  

Q7. How many people speak Ekegusii?
Answer: Difficulty top provide a very accurate figure. However according to 2009 National Census Abagusii's populations about 2,205,669. Majority of the speakers are found in the rural areas where the language is widely spoken. 

Q8. Is Ekegusii an International language?
Answer: No. It’s a language spoken by the Abagusii, a bantu tribe in Kenya. 

Q9. Why promote, preserve or revitalize Ekegusii ?
Answer: Language gives identity to people as it is a medium through which they express themselves. Furthermore, lose of ekegusii will cause indigenous knowledge of Abagusii to be lost. 

Q10. Do children learn Ekegusii in school?
Answer: No. The languages of instruction in Kenya are Swahili and English

Q11. Why burden children with learning a language which is not international?
Answer: Its through learning the language that they will be able to learn their culture and customs

  
Q12. How many languages are spoken in the world?
Answer: About 7500; accordingly to Ethnologue, SIL International

  
Q13. Which language has the highest number of  speakers
Answer: Mandarin Chinese (about 1.1 Billion speakers)

Q14. How many of those languages are nearly extinct?

Answer: About 500, exact figure not known.

Q15. How long have languages existed:

Answer: Since about 100,000BC

Q16. When was the first language written?

Answer: Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC)

Q17. Which is the oldest written language still in existence?

Answer: Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC)

Q18.Which Language has the most words:

Answer: English, approx. 250,000 distinct words

Q19. Where/how can I learn Ekegusii
Answer: Since there are few books written in Ekegusii other than the Holy bible, Hymnals and professional  studies this website boasts of the most comprehensive way of learning Ekegusii through the ASK FURTHER feature.  This feature is ONLY accessible to and available to registered users and is tailored to each user's requirements.


Q20. What are the benefits of learning Ekegusii?
Answer: Learning Ekegusii helps to promote, preserve and revitalize it for posterity and lingusitic diversity.

  
Q21. When can I use Ekegusii language?
Answer: For individuals interested in Ethnography and those who wish to learn more about the community will find knowledge of the language useful especially when carrying out  research and or  studies.


Q22.  Where can I get a hard copy of the Ekegusii English Dictionary?
Answer: Contact the Director of EEP by mail via "Contact Us" tab.

 
Q23. How much does a hard copy of the dictionary Cost?
Answer:$10 (local) and about $25 (e-book) soft cover.

     
Q24. Are there destinations you are not able to ship the hard copy of the Dictionary?
Answer: No. We ship to all destinations.

 
Q25. How much will it cost to access the dictionary Online?

Answer: First access if free and you can access all areas: Subsequent access, users are advised to register/subscribe annually at an affordable rate.

 
Q26. Will you be adding new words to the dictionary?
Answer: Languages are dynamic. At the time of going online we recognized that the dictionary did  not contain all the words and phrases that there be. Therefore updating it will be a continuous thing as more research is dedicated to introducing emerging words and those that may have been missed in  the first edition. We suggest that you recommend words to be included in the dictionary.

Q27. Who has access to adding new words in the dictionary?
Answer: Registered and paid up users can suggest additions to the web management committee for consideration and adoption.

 
Q28. Can individuals recommend new words to be included in the dictionary/encyclopedia
Answer: Yes. We highly recommend individual contributors sending in new words

Q29. Other than the dictionary, what other materials written in Ekegusii would you recommend to someone interested in learning the language?
Answer: There is the bible and several children's story books that are written in an easy to understand language.

 
Q30. Where can Ekegusii literature be bought by people living in the Diaspora?

Answer: from the internet [e-books] 

 
Q31. If one is interested in attending a specific traditional ceremony can that be organised and who should be contacted?

Answer: Yes all visits, excursions tours into Gusii for purposes of study, tour or reclation forms part of efforts aimed at promoting Ekegusii. Contact us via "HELP" tab

 
Q32. Can visits to Kisii be facilitated or organised for interested groups of people or individuals?
Answer Yes. Kindly contact us via e-mail. info@ekegusiiencyclopedia.com


Q33. How much will it cost to travel to Kisii?
Answer: It depends on where you are travelling from. Please contact the customer care group through HELP tab for assistance.

 
Q34. How can individuals support the cause of EEP? 
Answer: By direct subscription, advertising with us, donations and contributing new words

 
FAQ35. To whom can donations be made to?
Answer: To EEP via M-Pesa or Zap (for Kenyan donors) of PayPal for international donors

 
FAQ36. Can individuals subscribe for membership in the EEP and what are the advantages?
Answer: Yes. Individuals are encouraged to subscribe to the website. Other than as a way of learning Ekegusii on line, other advantages for subscribing are: Getting news on the goings on in Gusii, Kenya and the world on matters pertaining to culture and languages, advertizing, contributing suggestions and topics in the Forum: Other advantages include supporting the Project in generating further literature for users and learners of Ekegusii.