"isiXhosa for Beginners" South African Language
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"isiXhosa for Beginners" South African Language

Learn the beautiful South African language of isiXhosa and the about the people and places in the country
4.5 (2 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2015
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 8 mins on-demand audio
  • 8 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • The course is the most effective if you are in a quite room where you are able to speak out loud
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

Who 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
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
2 Lectures 04:29

This video gives you an introduction to your course

Preview 02:42

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

Preview 01:47
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Week 1
14 Lectures 01:14:43

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.

Introduction to week 1 & Dictionary & ebook
00:22

This video will talk you through

  • The Vowels
  • Sounds unique to isiXhosa
  • The Clicking sounds
Preview 12:11

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.

Audio lesson 1 - Listen and Respond
00:34

Vowels & Sounds
5 questions

  • Greeting
  • Health
  • Establishing name and surname
General Phrases
10:09

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.

Audio lesson 2- Listen and Respond
00:44

General Phrases
5 questions

  • Place of residence
  • Requesting the time
Time & Place I
08:40

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.

Audio lesson 3- Listen and Respond
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.

Audio lesson 4 - Listen and Respond
02:14

Time & Place I
5 questions

  • Going somewhere
  • Physical Address
  • Place of origin
Time & Place II
12:40

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.

Audio lesson 5 - Listen and Respond
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.

Audio lesson 6 - Listen and Respond
01:51

Time & Place II
5 questions

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

Preview 01:53

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

South African and isiXhosa Music
00:18

A detailed history of the AmaXhosa

A detailed historical overview of the AmaXhosa
20:07
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Week 2
5 Lectures 40:50
Introduction to week 2 & ebook & further assessment
00:07

  • Marital status
  • Children
  • The people at home
  • Contact details
Family
08:47

Family
5 questions

  • Additional members of the family and kinship terms
Family & kinship terms
09:04

Family & kinship terms
5 questions

  • Current activities
  • Other work-related expressions / occupations
What do you do?
11:24

What do you do?
5 questions

  • Language skills
  • Completing a form
  • Identification
Language Skills I
11:28

Language Skills I
5 questions
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Week 3
6 Lectures 46:33
Introduction to week 3 & ebook
00:07

  • Being of assistance on the telephone
  • Getting into a lift
Language Skills II
10:39

Language Skills II
6 questions

  • A third person
  • Looking for someone
People
10:48

People
5 questions

  • Days of the week
  • Timing of daily activities
  • Everyday problems/complaints
Time
06:10

Time
5 questions

  • Weather
Weather
07:35

Weather
5 questions

  • The months of the year
  • The seasons
  • Public Holidays
  • Additional words referring to time
The Calendar
11:14

Calendar
5 questions
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Week 4
8 Lectures 54:50
Introduction to week 4 & ebook
00:07

  • Meeting a newcomer / stranger
  • Expressing an obligation
Meeting Someone New
06:57

Meeting Someone New
5 questions

  • Mode of transport
  • Asking directions
  • Cost of travel
Getting Around
08:47

Getting Around
5 questions

  • How
Question Words I
09:20

Question Words I
5 questions

  • What
Question Words II
09:20

Question Words II
5 questions

  • When
  • Where
Question Words III
10:35

Question Words III
5 questions

  • Who
  • Whom
  • Whose
  • Which
  • Why
Question Words IV
09:37

Question Words IV
5 questions

Bonus ebook
00:07
About the Instructor
Matthew Henshall
4.4 Average rating
32 Reviews
1,047 Students
8 Courses
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.

Ron Endley
4.5 Average rating
2 Reviews
54 Students
1 Course
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.