I was very excited to learn recently that there is a new way to learn Pijin, even before you land in Solomon Islands. By using youtube videos, E.G. Matzke has created an informative and interactive Facebook page devoted to learning the language. Simply type ‘Learn Solomon Islands Pijin’ into your Facebook search bar and it will show up. The first few clips are online now and more are to follow.
Matzke, who lived in the Solomons from 1999- 2009, discusses the language and cultural considerations too. While she is not a linguistic or a language specialist, she is very good at explaining things on camera and clearly has the know-how when it comes to video production.
This page is well worth checking out if you are planning to move to Solomon Islands or you have been here a while and been a little slack with taking Pijin lessons. She also hopes that native Solomon Island speakers will participate in the page, offering suggestions for future videos on teaching non-Solomon Islanders proper Pijin.