Оҥай марий йылме: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Mari Language

This textbook is based on the 1990/1991 Russian-language textbooks Марийский язык для всех, Volumes I & II. It is currently being rewritten in English, in co-operation with the original authors. The first half of this new textbook can be downloaded below, the second half is to be expected around October 2011.

In adapting this textbook, special attention was paid to the needs of self-learners that do not have access to a teacher when learning the Mari language. More details can be found in the book’s preface.

You can either download the entire textbook (or, the part of it that has been completed), or individual sections or chapters by choosing the appropriate links in the table below. You can also download the audio materials accompanying this book in .mp3 format.

For each chapter, you can review all the Mari morphology you should know up to this stage by following the morphology link, which will lead to a version of the Mari Morphology Generator, only covering the grammar students are supposed to be familiar with at this point.

More information regarding a printed version of this textbook will become available once the book is complete. As of now, we suggest using lecture note printing services available in many universities, for example, to create individual paper versions, should these be desired. As this book has been released into the public domain (see license information on page 2), there should not be any legal difficulties here.

A scanned version of the 1990/1991 Russian-language textbook can be downloaded from this site as well.


[Download the first half of textbook]

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[Download the 1990/1991 Russian-language textbook]


Chapter Audio Morphology
Preface - -
Introduction [LINK] -
I. Икымше тема: Палыме лийына - -
1. Икымше урок: Кӧ тиде? [LINK] [LINK]
2. Кокымшо урок: Елу ден Серге [LINK] [LINK]
3. Кумшо урок: Эчан ден кочаже [LINK] [LINK]
4. Нылымше урок: Сапаевмыт дек уна–влак толыт [LINK] [LINK]
5. Ушештарымаш [LINK] [LINK]
II. Кокымшо тема: Паша да каныме кече - -
6. Кудымшо урок: Эрдене [LINK] [LINK]
7. Шымше урок: Рушарня [LINK] [LINK]
8. Кандашымше урок: Ануш черле [LINK] [LINK]
9. Индешымше урок: Идалык жап [LINK] [LINK]
10. Ушештарымаш [LINK] [LINK]
III. Кумшо тема: Кочкыш - -
11. Латикымше урок: Эчан кевытыш кая [LINK] [LINK]
12. Латкокымшо урок: Шочмо кече [LINK] [LINK]
13. Латкумшо урок: Команмелна [LINK] [LINK]
14. Латнылымше урок: Марий-влак мом кочкыт? [LINK] [LINK]
15. Ушештарымаш [LINK] [LINK]
IV. Нылымше тема: Ялыште - -
16. Латкудымшо урок: Сай увер [LINK] [LINK]
17. Латшымше урок: Ялысе суртышто [LINK] [LINK]
18. Латкандашымше урок: Паша тургым [LINK] [LINK]
19. Латиндешымше урок: Озанлык вуйлатышым мо тургыжландара? [LINK] [LINK]
20. Ушештарымаш [LINK] [LINK]
Exercise Key - -
Glossary - -