What is the latest version of the app?

We’re currently on Version 3.6. To check which version you have, go to the Welcome page (click the speech bubbles on the top right of your screen to get to the Welcome screen). The app version will be on the bottom on the screen.


Where can I find the Language Collective app?

You can download the Language Collective app from the App Store and Google Play


Which languages can I learn?

You can learn any of South Africa’s indigenous languages i.e. isiNdebele, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiXhosa or isiZulu.

We’re working on getting Afrikaans up by June.


How do I buy a language?

Look for your language under “Trial Language” or “Available Languages”

Click the cart icon next to the language of your choice, which will add your language to the cart at the top of the page.

Click the cart on the top of the page (on the orange strip). Your language should appear in your cart.

Click “Checkout” to pay.

You can remove languages from your cart by clicking the “X” next to the language in your cart.


How much does each language cost?

The app is free to download. You get access to the first lesson free.

You can purchase each language for R59,99. Each language comes with 132 lessons – that’s over 800 words and phrases for R59,99.


Why are there locks on the lessons after I have bought the app?

You need to do the lessons sequentially, starting from lesson 1. You also need to try at least one question in the Quiz.

Once you have answered a question, you will have the option to ‘Exit Lesson’, go to the ‘Next Lesson’ and go to the ‘Next Question’.

Once you have completed answered at least one question, you can proceed to the next lesson and the lesson number on the ‘Lessons’ screen, will change to green.

You can revisit any lesson once you have completed it.


What does each lesson contain?

Each lesson contains an average of 5 words plus 1 phrase. Some lessons may contain more words, or phrases.


How do I use the app?

Once you have registered, and are in the main menu, click on the Languages tab. If you have bought a language it should appear under the “Your Languages” tab.

If not, click on “Available Languages” to try the languages you like. Once you have tried a language, it will appear under “Trial Languages”

Once you have bought a language, click on it, and the list of lessons will appear. Work through each lesson, starting at lesson 1, and try the quiz at the end of each lesson, to track how much you know.

There is an icon of a book under the “Your Languages” tab, next to the language you have bought. Click this icon to see the Library, which lists all the words and phrases from all the lessons. You can scroll through this anytime you like to help you with recalling the words you learnt, or to scan ahead and see all the words and phrases in the lessons.

Click the arrow on the top bar to go back to the previous menu.


There are so many apps around. Why should I use this app?

The Language Collective app is the only app that gives you the ability to learn any of South Africa’s 9 indigenous African languages. The app is designed with beginners in mind, to help you practice learning new words.

You can view the correct spelling of the word, and listen to pronounciation by native speakers.

The wonderful thing about this app, is that you can repeat lessons as many times as you like, wherever you are. You get a total of 132 lessons which includes over 800 words and phrases. You can also hit the sound button as many times as it takes to help you master the correct pronunciation.


Can I really learn a language with the Language Collective app?

The Language Collective App can help you build your vocabulary in the language of your choice. Use the app to:

  • learn new words,
  • practice your spelling,
  • practice your pronunciation and listen to the correct pronunciation by native speakers

You can also use the Quiz to test your ability to recall words and phrases.

We have tried to provide phrases to help you see how words are used in context, but there are grammatical rules that can help you with sentence construction. The app doesn’t teach grammar, so you may want to consult a dictionary or take a class.

You can find some language learning tips here.


Does the Language Collective offer classes?

Not yet. We are in the process of designing indigenous language courses for conversational purposes. If you’re interested in signing up, drop us a line at info@languagecollective.africa- just remember to tell us which language you’re interested in learning, and we will notify you as soon as classes start.


Where will classes be offered?

The Language Collective is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Why do you need my email address?

To send you the occasional e-mail and in case something goes wrong. Don’t worry, you will have to opt-in to receive newsletters, and we promise not to spam you. We also won’t share your email address with anyone, except our staff and suppliers, who make sure that the app is working. Please read our privacy policy here.)


Help! I don’t have sound!

Please check that you have the latest version of the app.

Depending on your download speed, it may take a little while for soundclips to download. Give it a few moments before you click the sound button again.

For iPhone users:

  • Please check that you mute button is turned off. If your ringer is set to silent, you may not be able to hear the sound.
  • If your device is connected to another device via bluetooth, the sound may transmit via that device. You can solve the problem by turning your bluetooth off.
  • Please ensure that your “Do not disturb” is turned off.
  • In Settings, under Notifications, go to the Language Collective app icon and please ensure that sound is turned on, and notifications are allowed.
  • Try uninstalling and reinstalling the app.
  • Reboot your phone.

If you experience persistent problems with sound, please email info@languagecollective.africa


Tell us what you think.

We would love from you – the good and bad. Tell us what you think, and if you have any suggestions, drop us a line at info@languagecollective.africa


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