UMD NFLC Hausa Lessons/103 U.S. Policy Regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Overview

  1. Lesson Title: U.S. Policy Regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan - This is a report about a NATO summit.
  2. Language: Hausa
  3. Topic: Economics/Politics
  4. ILR Level: 1+/2
  5. ACTFL Proficiency: Advanced-Mid, Advanced-Low, Intermediate-High
  6. This ACTFL rating is an approximation based on the ILR level
  7. Modality: Listening
  8. Learning Objective: Maintenance & Improvement
  9. Subject Area: Language
  10. Material Type: LLO
  11. Publication Year: 2009
  12. ObjectID: T8LHA19

Transcript


Original Translation
  1. NATO Summit
  2. A: Jama’a assalamu alaikum, labarun duniya mai karantawa Kabiru Fagge,
  3. Shugaba Barack Obama na Amurka a yau Juma’a,
  4. ya isa kan iyakar ƙasahen Faransa da Jamus domin haɗuwa da sauran shigabannin ƙasahen Turai, inda za su gudanar da taron ƙolinta na shekaru sittin da kafuwar Ƙungiyar Tsaron Turai ta {NATO [English]}. Wakiliyar Muryar Amurka {Paula Wolfson [English]} ta aiko mana da rahoton cewa shugaban na Amurka zai yi ƙoƙarta neman goyon baya ne ga sabbin, ga matakan da yake ɗauka game da tunkarar Amurka da ƙasashen Afghanistan da Pakistan. Jummai Ali na ɗauke da fassarar wannan rahoto.
  5. B: Tsara wannan sabuwar dabara ta faru ne a sakamakon nazari da aka yi sosai da kuma tuntuɓar sauran ƙasashen ƙungiyar ƙawancen tsaro ta {NATO [English]}. Sakatariyar Harkokin Wajen Amurka {Hillary Clinton [English]} ta ce, da yake yanzu an kammala nazari an fara shirin ƙaddamarwa, ta ce mataki na gaba da za a ɗauka shi ne ganin yadda za a yi amfani da ƙwarewa da kuma kayayyakin da sauran ƙasashen {NATO – [English]} za su iya bayarwa ga buƙatun Afghanistan. Ta ci gaba da cewa:
  6. C: {The NATO Summit is not a pledging conference, but of course we will be talking about how our allies can...[English]}
  7. B: Ta ce, taron ƙolin ƙungiyar {NATO [English]} ba taro ne na nema ko yin alƙawura ba, to amma ta ce za su yi ta zantawa da ƙawayensu na ƙungiyar {NATO [English]} a kan yadaa za su yi amfani da ƙwarewarsu ga.. ga buƙatun dabarun da aka yi nazarin su. Mai bai wa Fadar Shugaban Amurka Shawara a kan Matakan Tsaron Cikin Gida James Jones, wanda tsohon Janar ne na sojojin ƙundunbalar Amurka, ya jaddada cewa gwamnatin Obama tana amfani ko kuma garwaya dabarun diplomasiya da na soja a dabarun da ake son a yi amfani da su a ƙasashen Afghanistan da Pakistan.
  8. D: {Having been at NATO, having been around since 2003 working on Afghanistan...[English]}
  9. B: Ya ce bisa laákari da aikin da ya yi a ƙungiyar {NATO [English]} da kuma aikin da ya yi ta yi game da ƙasar ko kuma a kan ƙasar Afghanistan tun shekara ta dubu biyu da uku, yana iya faɗin cewa akwai sabon ɗoki, kuma nan ba da jimawa ba za su san abin da hakan ya haifar.
  1. NATO Summit
  2. A: Welcome to the world news read by Kabiru Fagge.
  3. Today, Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama
  4. arrived at the French-German border to meet with other European leaders, where they will be holding a summit marking the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of NATO. Voice of America correspondent Paula Wolfson reports to us that the American president will seek support for his new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. Jummai Ali provides translation for this report.
  5. B: This new strategy is the result of intense review and long hours of consultation with NATO allies. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that now that the review is complete, the implementation process is beginning; the next step is to match up needs in Afghanistan with resources individual NATO members can provide. She went on to say:
  6. C: {The NATO Summit is not a pledging conference, but of course we will be talking about how our allies can . . . [English]}
  7. B: She says that the NATO summit is not a conference for seeking or making pledges, but that they would be having discussions with the NATO allies on how they could use their expertise for . . . for the strategic requirements that have been identified. White House National Security Advisor James Jones, a former U.S. Marine Corps General, confirmed that the Obama administration is mixing military, diplomatic, and developmental elements in its Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.
  8. D: {Having been at NATO, having been around since 2003 working on Afghanistan . . . [English]}
  9. B: He says that, based on his work with NATO, as well as the work he has been undertaking since 2003 with regard to, or rather, on Afghanistan, he can say that there is renewed anticipation, and that soon they will see the results of this work.

Glossary

Hausa Meaning
assalamuallaikum (lit: peace be upon you) welcome (from Arabic)
goyon baya (lit: back ride) support
tunkarar Amurka da ƙasashen Afghanistan da Pakistan (lit: to tackle Afghanistan and Pakistan) new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy
sabon ɗoki renewed anticipation
haifar (lit: to give birth to) the results

Notes

1. NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949 as a counterweight to the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies. It is a military alliance based in Brussels, Belgium, that serves as an integrated defense structure for its member states. It aims to safeguard their security by political and military means. The organization is composed of the United States, Canada, and twenty-six European countries. The member states regard an attack on one of them as an attack on all. NATO has been working in Afghanistan and Pakistan alongside the United States to stabilize the region following the September 11 attacks.


2. U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan has been a safe haven for the Taliban from the time that NATO, led by the United States, undertook actions to overthrow the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The Taliban has supported Al-Qaeda leaders moving to the bordering region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States assists Pakistan in its struggle to restrain the increasing flow of radical Islamic militants into the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The goals of U.S. policy in the region are to defeat both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, stabilize the two countries’ governments, and promote democracy.


3. More information

a) To learn more about the 2009 NATO summit, read Paula Wolfson’s article “Obama Hails Result of NATO Summit” (April 4, 2009), which was published by Voice of America News. The article is available via the following link:

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-04-voa18.cfm

b) To learn more about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, read the RAND Corporation’s document U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan (April 2009), which was written by Seth Jones. The document is available on the Internet at the following URL:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/2009/RAND_CT324.pdf