Nelson Mandela in one of his first public appearances in office, on May 10 1994, strongly urged all the people of South Africa to learn each other’s languages: “This is the best way to contribute to nation building and reconciliation,”
Mandela said. “Those among us who do not know Afrikaans must now learn to study this language. Those among us who do not know Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho must now learn to study these languages.”
So, in honour of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, that we may continue his legacy, now that he has passed the batton on to all of us, and to honour all the non-English mother tongue speakers in South Africa (and Africa), we present:
UBuntu Bridge FREE Online isiXhosa Learning tools
– Celebrating Mandela Day 2014 (and beyond)!
Worldwide, people need to start seeing each other for who we are and where we are from, we all have long, difficult journeys, hundreds of thousands of mixed ancestors living, struggling, fighting, giving, procreating, so that millions of combinations later, we are here, breathing, alive. We need to develop and deepen our empathy and compassion for each other. From there we can work together to create the world we want to give to our descendants, and even enjoy for ourselves!
So enough #cheese.
When learning isiXhosa as an adult, or any language for that matter….
- you need to develop a love for the spoken language and the people who speak it….
- you need to gain confidence rapidly to enjoy interacting with Xhosa speakers in their language….
- you need to learn from many types of teachers, including those who have walked the road before you and know where the difficulties lie…
So leave more tricky learning and grammar (like the noun groups) for a bit later! The brain prioritises absorbing and remembering things it uses. If it doesn’t see immediate practical application, it will delegate brain power to other distractions and demands, and boy do we have lots of those in modern society!
FREE Online Xhosa Options:
1. Video Course on our Mobile App
After three years of giving away our entire first level course free online as and email series with video, audio + text blog posts, we are now only making it available via the UBuntu Bridge mobile app on Android and iPhone. Please download and enjoy! Link above and to the right!
2. Our Social Media Channels
We have a number of innovative Free online Xhosa options for you to learn isiXhosa on other social media platforms. In the column to the right you will see a MEMRISE button as well as a link to ISIXHOSAGRAM.
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Thanks for your patience, interest and support!