A local organisation has launched a project to help more South Africans learn indigenous languages.
The Imbeko initiative connects people who are interested in learning isiXhosa or isiZulu with tutors who can teach them, face-to-face in small groups or individually.
The 15 week course facilitates Xhosa lessons in Cape Town and will introduce Zulu lessons in Johannesburg and Durban, explains tutor Michael Darby.
The lessons are held at the homes of participants and tutors, in an effort to boost social cohesion, Darby advises.
He explains that most of the interested participants so far are adult English-speaking white South Africans.
The Imbeko programme is founded and operated by education NPO, The Social Project.
We feel the breaking of cultural barriers is important.— Michael Darby, Xhosa teacher at Imbeko
Xhosa tutor Thulani Mkoyo says it has been a unique experience teaching Xhosa to English speakers.
Visit the Imbeko website to learn more.
Take a listen to the inspiring initiative explained, and a crash course in Xhosa:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : NPO creates Xhosa, Zulu crash course for English-speaking South Africans