Come Click with Us
Join South Africa's leading Xhosa language learning community.
Led by Craig Makhosi and a team of Xhosa mother tongue tutors as well as other adult learners, where great daily multimedia content, fun, flexible, practical online learning and real-life opportunities to be immersed in the language, help you connect with the spirit of South Africa, fostering commUNITY and UBuntu.
Let's create a joyful and connected South Africa!
NEXT LEVEL 1 STARTS:
Wednesday 13 October 2021 for 8 weeks.
Registrations close Monday 18 October 2021.
Email: [email protected]
Why learn Xhosa?
Besides Rugby, Johnny Clegg and Biltong, South Africa is known for being a country that practiced institutionalised segregation, creating divisions and inequality that still make South Africa a difficult and uncomfortable place to live in.
We were systematically divided along lines of skin colour, hair type, language, culture, dance talent and ancestry (which are arguably the same thing), and to this day, we still feel the pain of this stereotyping prejudice that led us to judge and mistrust people based on how we look and what language we speak, (and heaven forbid, the accent we speak with).
We have come far as a nation, in fact we are one of the best countries on the planet, leading in many fields including diversity and race work, yet still there is inequality, and still there are historical wounds, and still there is a disconnect that threatens to unravel our fragile democracy.
There is a lot we still need to do to address inequality, and imbalances in access to resources, and one of the most important is language.
We can demonstrate respect, familiarity, empathy, sincerity, reconciliation and a willingness to embrace, change and heal our country's wounds through language.
We can dispel stereotypes, recreate identity and forge new relationships by making this effort that so many South Africans have had to do. But we are blessed to do it in the way we choose, and to do it with others of a similar vibe of positivity, appreciation and compassion for all South Africans (including ourselves).
Just as language can isolate us and keep us divided, it can make us feel included, and give us a sense of belonging.
Come Click into Xhosa with us, and let's make South Africa Click!
"The best platform to learn Xhosa that I have come across so far... I like the fact that it is broken down into manageable chunks."
"Your system of slow learning and the three sentences to prevent mutual embarrassment and disillusion is brilliant!"
"This course has been amazing. Ndiyabulela. Please express my thanks to all! You are all really opening up a bridge and helping so many."
LEVEL 1 Content:
Confident Xhosa Beginners Essentials (8 weeks)
The Level 1 course focuses on the essentials of learning to speak Xhosa including:
– pronunciation and greetings,
– identifying Xhosa people
– appropriate cultural insights
– verb based sentence construction
– “escape sentences” for when things get out of control
– everything required for polite, social and respectful introductions.
Lesson 1: Pronunciation, reading the language and Greetings
Lesson 2: Introduction to Verbs and Prefixes
Lesson 3: Sentence Building Blocks and CRUCIAL 1st Sentences
Lesson 4: Greetings, Names and Appropriate Titles
Lesson 5: Introductions and Pleasantries
Lesson 6: Integration Orals and “Where are you learning Xhosa?”
Lesson 7: Clarification Phrases
Lesson 8: Assessments
What previous students say:
"I have been to three Xhosa courses before, but for the first time did I learn how to construct sentences and hey, wena NDITHETHA NGOKU (I talk now!)" - Philip J Oktober, a.k.a. Mzivukile - Chief Executive Officer, Machaira Group (PTY) LTD
“Highly recommended. The lessons are straightforward, well spelled-out, paced correctly and broad enough to cover the basics.” - Linda Codron, Communications Manager at mothers2mothers
“having attempted Xhosa about six years ago, the then teacher being (a first language Xhosa speaker), I found your approach as different as chalk is from cheese - simplified, clear and, above all, enjoyable.”
- Alison Weston, Seardel Grp Trading
iFAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions:
I don’t know any Xhosa, what if I can’t keep up?
I can already speak some Xhosa, will this be too basic for me?
How do I know which level I am at?
How many Semesters are there and how do they work?
Meet your Teachers
Founder of UBuntu Bridge, Craig Makhosi, learnt Xhosa as an adult, and is still learning. This is why he has such deep empathy for beginners to advanced learners and why he is able to teach at a level that people are able to understand and grasp quickly. He will teach you practical strategies and lead you through all the essentials of basic Xhosa conversational skills, primarily using videos, sometimes with the help of Lazola and Zikhona), but also providing downloadable audio files and text lessons!