Learn Xhosa Community Membership
By UBuntu Bridge - 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 and 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!
The context of UBuntu Bridge's Learn Xhosa Community.
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 and ancestry, 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 4 WHY's of a 'Learning Community'?
After 16 years experience teaching people (just like you) Xhosa, we know all the challenges of learning the language!
By joining an effective Learning Community you will increase your chances of learning the language.
Here are 4 reasons why...
Learning a language can sometimes be overwhelming.
There is SO MUCH to learn. Where to start and where to go?
Our renowned structure and methodology guides you and give you structure!
Learning a language can sometimes be tough and disheartening.
So many of us start with good intentions and then lose heart or belief along the way. You are not alone and with us you will have the support you need to remain on track toward your goal.
Our community of teachers are always adding more fun content, and answering questions in the support forums, and other learners are there to practice with.
We keep you motivated and engaged!
#3 FLEXIBLE PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
You can learn at whatever level you are (from beginners to advanced), and there is always someone else to practice with, other students, or tutors, or live community events.
We offer facilitated language IMMERSION opportunities and events in the townships of Cape Town and rural Xhosa villages in the Eastern Cape, like the YhoXhosa yoga retreats. Members get discounts and first invitations!
You can customise your journey to learn at a pace that suits you and with the level of engagement that works best for you and at a price that fits your dynamic financial situation.
We create the space for you to learn and grow!
Long term language learning can be very expensive if you really want to commit over time!
Once off courses can be costly and content is often quickly forgotten without practice.
By being part of a large community you will receive the benefits of reduced costs because we can share the costs across all our members over time, making it more affordable for everyone.
We make it work for each other!
"The best platform to learn Xhosa that I have come across so far... I like the fact that it is broken 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."
Language learning has been scientifically shown to:
- stimulate brain growth and increase your IQ -
- improve memory, creativity and attention space -
- enhance career opportunities and increase earnings -
- make new friends and strengthen one's networks -
- enhance security, real and perceived -
- make you sexier (just look at our founder, although arguably that's his hair what does that) -
Don't believe us?... Source: https://universeofmemory.com/benefits-of-language-learning/
Not only that but language is fun!
We invite you to learn with our communiteam of teachers and students.
Being part of a community is one of the most effective ways to immerse yourself in a language, second only to actually moving into a community of native speakers.
You won't find a better offer or deal on the internet or in your local vicinity.
Choose your Package
When you become a member you don't just receive all the above awesome benefits but you can choose the level of support you need to master your Xhosa learning Journey.
Learn below about all our great membership packages:
(Main Benefit: All access online course content, at your own pace)
The best option if you want to study Xhosa in your own time and pace, with community support.
(Main Benefit: Tutored Group Classes)
All access PLUS weekly fun online practice sessions with an awesome tutor, and other Xhosa learners via Zoom.
This is for you if you like structure, accountability and re-assurance.
(Main Benefit: Private Classes)
All the benefits of the other options PLUS private lessons once a week.
The best option if you prefer one on one time with a tutor, more time and pace flexibility and greater accountability to ensure success!
Our UBuntu Bridge 100% Guarantee
- We are doing this to be in service in the world and support our community (team, family, students)
- We trust that our offers will give you HUGE VALUE, a rich learning experience and the results you want.
- So with any membership package, if after 7 days you are not completely happy with what you receive we will give your money back, no questions asked.
- After that, you can cancel anytime, and your payments will stop that month!
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?
What discounts do I receive as a member?
Can I stop my membership at any time without penalty?
What if I cancel or refund, do i keep the download materials?
Still worried about imali?
(the moola / the money)
Our Membership Guarantees, Refunds and Cancellations
We put out HUGE amounts of FREE quality content and have done for 15 years and will continue to. We charge for these services that cost us money to sustain, paying our growing team, and huge amounts of $$$ based tech subscriptions that continue whether we have signups or not. People who pay also help us to give to people who can't afford to pay, so we are deeply grateful for each paying customer!
We ONLY want happy members and students who appreciate the value of the service and experience that they are getting from us.
In fact we only charge money for two reasons:
- to keep independent, and pay the costs of serving our community,
- and to ensure people who join are committed and invested.
We have purposely created something that has the perfect package for your needs because as a social enterprise, we believe that people and the planet come before profit, but consciously made and spent profit ensures sustainability and innovation.
We thought, how can we create a membership offer that is a highly affordable, INCREDIBLE VALUE 'no brainer' for anyone who wants to learn Xhosa.
We have cut all of our package costs (substantially) so that it's now more than R1000 cheaper to complete each level of Xhosa lessons.
BUT, what if you can't afford, or you aren't getting value from it? Well, here are our policies for your convenience:
- You can Upgrade, downgrade or cancel whenever you want - just email us.
CHANGE (Upgrade/downgrade) PACKAGE:
- We have designed our membership offerings to meet people wherever they are at in their Xhosa learning journey, and we know that can change with time, in terms of progress and intensity of learning.
- Whether you want to go alone for a while, and study at your own pace, or join the facilitated semesters or get private coaching at the time and pace of your choice, then you can upgrade and downgrade as you need.
- Try our membership levels (without any risk) for up to 7 day.
- If you don't feel you received enough benefit you can inform us and you will receive a full refund, no questions asked.
Our 'Epic Founding Member' Bonuses
- now extended until 13 April 2021 -
If you sign up before the founders deadline you will receive these *Epic Bonuses for free
ShapShap Bonus 1: Sponsor a Covid Health-Worker Gift
Starting from the moment you sign up, and for every 6 months of your membership we will gift a semester (three months) of AmaBareBones membership to a healthcare worker or community worker who wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise
You get it MAHALA (FREE)
ShapShap Bonus 2: Downloadable MP3 Course Materials
We know that sometimes you are on the road and want to continue learning without having to sit down at a computer.
For this month only we are offering our Founding Members full downloadable access to one level of MP3 Course Content, worth R550.
What's more is that with each semester you complete, we will send you the next level for free as well (another R550 of value). You can now learn wherever you are, just make sure you sign up before deadline-day to receive this bonus.
Total Worth: R1500+
You get it MAHALA (FREE)
ShapShap Bonus 3: Our best bonus yet...
Sign up this month and get our Xhosa Lite Series of Daily Videos.
1-2 minute videos every day that inspire, and edutain, acting as breadcrumbs for your Xhosa learning journey.
You will receive for free if you sign up this Month!
Usually Worth: R1500
You get it MAHALA (FREE)
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!
Deon Xhamela Nebulane:
Mother tongue speaker and co-lead facilitator at UBuntu Bridge for 0ver 10 years, Deon Nebulane, will provide live support on whatsapp, Zoom and the Facebook support group, as you progress through the course to ensure your engagement, enjoyment and completion. Deon teaches regularly in large corporations, government department and NGOs all over Cape Town.
Karabo Nokwantu Rasalabe and Nandipha Totoba have also joined the Teacher Team, developing materials and coaching learners!
A brief overview of the content in each level course!
Level 1: Absolute Beginners
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
Level 2: Confident Beginners
Lesson 7: Clarification Phrases cont..
Lesson 8: Where
Lesson 9: What
Lesson 10: Negatives
Lesson 11: Na as and / with / have
Lesson 12: It and the weather
Conversation Oral Assessments