"isiXhosa for Beginners" South African Language

Learn the beautiful South African language of isiXhosa and the about the people and places in the country
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

This course is run over 4 weeks, but is self paced. We estimate it should take 8 hours and should you choose to do it in 1 day or the full 8 weeks it is completely up to you, you will have lifetime access to this course you may download the ebooks to take with you forever. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the Xhosa language and make you proficient in basic conversation.

The aim of this course is to not only give you an introduction to the language of isiXhosa, but to also be a strong foundation for anyone wanting to take the first step in their journey to mastering the language.

This course will focus on conversational isiXhosa, including mastering the poetic “clicking” sounds, learning general phrases and language skills. A large part of the course also focus on meeting someone new, getting around and asking the important question words we so often need.

The format of this course is primarily based on short videos followed by simple quizzes to re-enforce your knowledge. There are many interactive resources and "Real-life" communication is encouraged as much as possible.

There are a total of 4 units in this course. Should you have any general questions, do not hesitate to post them in the forums

What are the requirements?

  • The course is the most effective if you are in a quite room where you are able to speak out loud

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have an introduction to the language of Xhosa
  • Speak proficiently in basic conversation
  • Be able to communicate with a Xhosa speaking person
  • Learn the isiXhosa "clicking" sounds
  • Learn general phrases about, time, place, family and life
  • Learn language skills and how to ask questions
  • Learn how to meet someone new
  • Learn how to navigate and get around

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to learn the language of isiXhosa
  • Anyone visiting South Africa either short or long term
  • Any South African wanting to improve
  • Anyone interested in learning more about a new culture

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:42

This video gives you an introduction to your course

01:47

This video introduces you to your lecture, Mr Ron Endley from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Section 2: Week 1
Article

This lecture gives you your first two ebooks as well as is the place where we will add any news or information you might need.

12:11

This video will talk you through

  • The Vowels
  • Sounds unique to isiXhosa
  • The Clicking sounds
00:34

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

Vowels & Sounds
5 questions
10:09
  • Greeting
  • Health
  • Establishing name and surname
00:44

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

General Phrases
5 questions
08:40
  • Place of residence
  • Requesting the time
01:29

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

02:14

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

Time & Place I
5 questions
12:40
  • Going somewhere
  • Physical Address
  • Place of origin
01:30

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

01:51

This is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with me and talk back and practice your Xhosa pronunciation. You can download this audio and practice it anytime, whether at home or while taking long drives.

Time & Place II
5 questions
Article

A list of what you absolutely have to do when you arrive in South Africa - something we are constantly adding to.

Article

A list and links so some South African and isiXhosa music which can aid your learning experiance

Article

A detailed history of the AmaXhosa

Section 3: Week 2
Introduction to week 2 & ebook & further assessment
Article
08:47
  • Marital status
  • Children
  • The people at home
  • Contact details
Family
5 questions
09:04
  • Additional members of the family and kinship terms
Family & kinship terms
5 questions
11:24
  • Current activities
  • Other work-related expressions / occupations
What do you do?
5 questions
11:28
  • Language skills
  • Completing a form
  • Identification
Language Skills I
5 questions
Section 4: Week 3
Introduction to week 3 & ebook
Article
10:39
  • Being of assistance on the telephone
  • Getting into a lift
Language Skills II
6 questions
10:48
  • A third person
  • Looking for someone
People
5 questions
06:10
  • Days of the week
  • Timing of daily activities
  • Everyday problems/complaints
Time
5 questions
07:35
  • Weather
Weather
5 questions
11:14
  • The months of the year
  • The seasons
  • Public Holidays
  • Additional words referring to time
Calendar
5 questions
Section 5: Week 4
Introduction to week 4 & ebook
Article
06:57
  • Meeting a newcomer / stranger
  • Expressing an obligation
Meeting Someone New
5 questions
08:47
  • Mode of transport
  • Asking directions
  • Cost of travel
Getting Around
5 questions
09:20
  • How
Question Words I
5 questions
09:20
  • What
Question Words II
5 questions
10:35
  • When
  • Where
Question Words III
5 questions
09:37
  • Who
  • Whom
  • Whose
  • Which
  • Why
Question Words IV
5 questions
Bonus ebook
Article

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Instructor Biography

Matthew Henshall, Engineer | Runner | Learner

Born and bread on the foothills of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. Electro-Mechanical Engineer and Running fanatic. I have been running as long as I can remember anything from 100m to 100km, in the mountains, on the road and on the track. I am constantly on the search for new information and adventures.

Instructor Biography

Ron Endley, Lecturer of isiXhosa

Born and bred on a farm in the Eastern Cape, I have enjoyed the lifelong privilege of being able to speak isiXhosa. I have a Masters degree in isiXhosa and professionally have been a teacher and lecturer of more than forty years. Developments in technology have enabled me to develop my passion for new modes of delivery and promote the learning of this beautiful language.

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