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Language: Zulu

  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

Apartheid had mercy on indigeneous languanges

It is disturbing to me at least that most political leaders speak their languages in the UN, but all Africans, bar our Arabian brothers in the North, read their prepared speeches in their colonial masters languages, this is in English, French or Portuguese.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 03:37 PM

Lingua franca of S.Africa's mines set to fade slowly

Ed Stoddard / Reuters
A pidgin mix of Zulu, other African languages, English and Afrikaans, Fanagalo is not a recognized language and its small vocabulary of around 2,000 words is largely limited to commands, with plenty of obscenities thrown in, according to experts and those who know the tongue. You will find dictionaries for it online but its name has no agreed spelling. Some use Fanagalo, others Fanakalo.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 11:59 PM

Wikipedia Co-Founder Adding More African Languages

Lekan Oyekanmi / Voice of America
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, 45, says Yoruba is the most popular African language for Wikipedia, with 29,000 pages. The Swahili Wikipedia version is second among African languages with 23,000. Other African languages on Wikipedia include Afrikaans, Hausa, and Zulu. Speaking in Lagos this week, Wales says his website is branching out from English.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 05:01 PM

Dead end for African languages?

Michel Lafon / Mail & Guardian Online
In brief, students who do not speak any African language and who want to offer an African language as second additional for matric are mostly prevented from doing so. In turn, this deals a serious blow to the feasibility of Nzimande's proposal concerning African languages and ­graduation requirements.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:57 AM

Now playing: Bard in 37 languages

Sarju Kaul / The Asian Age
For the first time, it is hosting 37 international companies, including two from India, to present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Theatre companies from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will present plays in 37 different languages during the six-week drama festival, Globe to Globe, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival due to run till November.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 09:28 AM

Lost in translation

S'Thembiso Msomi / Times LIVE
Too often, politicians and other public figures wrongly cry: "I was misquoted" or "quoted out of context" when their utterances spark public outrage. The experience of the past few years, however, has taught me not to dismiss these as obfuscations without first getting an independent account of what the person actually said - especially if such a person had spoken in a language other than English.
  • Feb 20, 2012
  • 12:42 PM

Xhosa, Zulu being axed at state schools

Prega Govender / Times LIVE
Most former Model C primary schools in which English is the medium of instruction are scrapping African languages, thus forcing pupils to study Afrikaans as their official second language. It comes as this year's batch of grades 1 to 3 will be taught a new curriculum that requires them to do only one extra language.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 10:53 PM

Neville Alexander - a linguistic revolutionary

Khadija Patel / Daily Maverick
He’s been a Robben Island prisoner and more recently one of South Africa’s most eminent educationists. He’s also a linguistic revolutionary. KHADIJA PATEL lent Neville Alexander an ear.
  • May 09, 2011
  • 02:28 AM

Scaling language barriers as an expat in Africa

Janet Nicholson / The Telegraph
Having disembarked from the Edinburgh Castle at Cape Town, it was a further three-day train journey to Durban, during which I learned that the mystifying expression, “I’ll be with you just now,” means “in a minute”, and Dames and Here were Afrikaans for Ladies and Gents.