Why learn Xhosa at the Alliance
Xhosa, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages and spoken primarily in the Eastern Cape Province and the Transkei. It is also spoken in Botswana and Lesotho. It is related to Zulu, Swati and Ndebele and the four languages are mutually understandable. Xhosa is both a tonal language and a click language. Anything that starts with “xh” triggers a click of the tongue on the palate. A pleasure for the ears.
This South African language, spoken by Nelson Mandela and his tribe belongs to the Bantu language family. It is the second vernacular after Zulu.
Learning Xhosa helps you gain confidence in speaking about yourself and others. You will discover how to react in various real-life situations where this melodious language could be useful to you.
Our isiXhosa courses are offered for anyone who wants to discover that beautiful language (children and adults) but also for native speakers in grades 1-12.
This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn and practice this language by working on the four language skills (oral comprehension, oral expression, written comprehension and written expression). Additionally, this course introduces Xhosa culture, which helps instill the cultural values that are the basis of how we live as Xhosa-speaking people. Among these cultural values, there are proverbs and idioms which are the cornerstones and origin of our indigenous language as they describe our way of life.
IsiXhosa is a scientific language in that each linguistic aspect you deal with is able to identify and prove various morphological changes that have taken place in the formation of that particular word. In this way, one gains more insight which will make it easier to learn the language with understanding.
This knowledge is essential as it will allow you to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Our language is not only interesting and attractive for native speakers, but also for those who would like to learn it for communication purposes.
We live in a changing world that embraces cultural diversity. Therefore, it is very important to equip yourself with as many languages as possible to be able to communicate with other people in the language they know best. It also helps to strengthen the social cohesion that is vital in all spheres of the world.
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2h / week
From Monday to Friday
17h30 - 19h30
From beginner level