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:
The UBuntu Bridge FREE Online isiXhosa Course
– 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!
HOW THE COURSE WORKS:
1. you subscribe below
2. be spam aware
Make sure you check your SPAM box for the first automated email response, and add our email address to your address book orcontact list.
3. an automated email flow is sent to you
By subscribing, you receive a sequential, automated email course. Each email will include a link and password to your lesson for that day, which should be no more than 5-10 mins of video viewing and another 5-10 of practice in the day. If you do not open a lesson, you will get a reminder email, between receiving lessons.
4. schedule of e-lessons
We will send you a lesson every three days or so. The eight lessons would thus last about 3 weeks.
NOTE: The first lesson should come immediately after you confirm the subscription by clicking the link in the subscription email.
5. you get what you put in
If you can commit and put in the time and focus for each lesson, you will be stoked with how much you can gain from the course, in just 8 lessons. We will remind you, and try motivate you, but like anything in life, you must choose to act, and make something a good habit with time.
6. PLEASE NOTE:
As of 16 July, hopefully in time for Mandela Day 2017, we are creating a new and updated course, with an app to support your learning. Please have patience as we make the changes!! As long as you subscribe you will receive the free materials and special offers!
Thanks for your patience, interest and support!