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'It is only through languages that you get to understand what a people is like'

18 February 2019 4:30 PM
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African languages
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International Mother Language Day

Azania sat down with founder of the Rera Language School, Matsobane Sexwale ahead of International Mother Language Day.

Languages have complex implications for identity, communication, social integration and development, but historically, black African languages have not had the investment of resources.

The Rera Language School focuses on multilingualism, its founder Matsobane Sexwale shared her own experiences and what has influenced her passion for languages.

Sexwale had to regain fluency in her mother-tongue, Sesotho, after having lived in exile as a child.

I was born in Sesotho and left when I was 12, ended up in other countries including Europe and different parts of Africa. In that time I lost a lot of fluency. That is my initial journey in terms of loss of language fluency but in that time I had the benefit of being exposed to other languages. In my life I have learnt nine languages, some of them African, some of them European.

Matsobane Sexwale, Founder - Rera Language School

She explains how being multilingual boosts your linguistic universe.

It is only through languages and getting deeper in understanding what a language is like, that you get to understand what a people is like.

Matsobane Sexwale, Founder - Rera Language School

International Mother Language Day will be celebrated on 21 February.

Click on the link below to hear more....


18 February 2019 4:30 PM
Tags:
African languages
linguistics
International Mother Language Day

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