English is widely accepted as the language of business in South Africa; it’s the language you must master in order to get ahead; to get a good education and to climb the corporate ladder. So why should you invest time and effort in learning an indigenous language?
There is power in speaking to someone in their home language. It breaks down barriers, and opens hearts and minds.
Deciding which language to learn is a major decision.
South Africa is linguistically diverse, with 11 official languages although up to 25 languages are spoken in here. Of the 11 official languages, 9 languages are indigenous to Africa. If you didn’t grow up speaking any of these languages, it may be hard to decide which one to learn.
South Africans are surrounded by people who speak indigenous languages. We know the sound of it, but many of us wandering about this country do not actually understand any of the indigenous African languages. You would think that we would have absorbed the languages by having been exposed to them, but alas! It does require time and effort.
If you have ever wondered which languages you’re singing in, and what the words mean, then this is especially for you. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, (Raise high Her glory) Yizwa imithandazo yethu, (Hear our Prayers) Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo (God bless us, we her children) isiXhosa isiZulu Morena … Continue reading South Africa’s National Anthem