South Africa has been famously referred to as the rainbow nation because it is made up of so many diverse cultures and religions. Our language diversity alone is highly rich and authentic, and yet we find ourselves only able to speak one or two of our 11 official languages. Learning a different language can be an intimidating experience, but if you would like to expand your horizons and learn isiXhosa, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is offering a course where you and your family will learn basic conversational isiXhosa for everyday situations.
The main purpose of this course is to encourage families to learn to speak isiXhosa to each other and to strangers they meet in their daily lives. We want to celebrate our differences and similarities as a nation, while embracing our social, cultural and language diversity. We also aim to build bridges that close our social and language barriers as a South African community. The course will include fun conversations, basic vocabulary, phrases and songs that will improve your Xhosa speaking ability when going to the shops, petrol station or when speaking to your colleagues and classmates.
The course is designed to be flexible and teachers Thabo Sabeko and Wandiswa Jonga will include additional content based on the input from participants during the course.
- Dates: 1 July to 27 July 2020
- Duration: Four weeks
- Format: Zoom sessions with our isiXhosa teachers
- Live sessions: 18h45 to 20h00 Mondays and Wednesdays
- Cost: R1 000 per family