The onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues.
African writers must embrace their own tongues lest we drown in an English-dominated world.
Insects have different names not only in each of our 11 official languages, but within each of those languages depending on geographical location.
A group of concerned parents have taken a Northern Cape primary school to court for forcing its pupils to learn in English.
A new study relies on empirical evidence to cast light on the language controversy.
Being a first-language English speaker can be like living in a monolingual cultural bubble. Hagen Engler bursts out of his in a new book.
Marchers have demanded Heidelberg Hoër Volkskool relooks its decision to phase out English classes, claiming it to be racist and unconstitutional.
Françoise Lionnet, an authority on languages and literature in the Indian Ocean islands, about her work on creolisation, globalisation and culture.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal wants to introduce undergraduate courses in isiZulu but students are concerned technical words don't translate well.
It’s not, like, acceptable that the language is being mangled for the sake of expediency. But whatever.
As in tsotsitaal, the youth play with language – and in so doing help create a common culture, writes Ellen Hurst.
It is vital for Southa African teachers to be able to use more than one language in their classrooms.
Every thinking white South African must have toyed with the idea of learning an African language. Few, however, have tried, writes Brent Meersman.
Dona Aida de Jesus is 96 years old and is one of the last custodians of a dying language on Macau, a small island off the coast of Hong Kong.
A new isiZulu/Engish dictionary helps South Africans talk to one another, writes Megan Hall.
Attorney wins the first round of his battle to force the government to honour its constitutional duty towards South Africa's official languages.
The problem with South African education is less about mother-tongue tuition than the quality of teaching.
A tool, a hurdle, a weapon. An inescapable part of our lives. Language is all that and more. It is also part of our identity as distinct human beings.
Sukasha Singh: Once my mum sent me an SMS at work asking if I wanted "brockley" for dinner -- and I growled.