Language 2013

 
Setswana's always close to my heart
Setswana's always close to my heart
 It's a loving, permanent relationship I don't think I'd find anywhere else.
Sesotho's the funniest of them all
Sesotho's the funniest of them all
Dumela Kgabane! Dumela Mohlomphehi! This is how the late Junior Motsie, a proud Sesotho-speaking journalist, and I would exchange pleasantries...
It's up to us to re-needle the isiXhosa haystack
It's up to us to re-needle the isiXhosa haystack
I cannot imagine how things could have panned out if I had to be taught biology and physical science in Afrikaans.
Blackness has hit me in the face
Blackness has hit me in the face
I have never slaughtered an animal in honour of an ancestor. A friend I relayed this to told me that one day, "blackness" would hit me in...
English has stolen from too many cultures to count
English has stolen from too many cultures to count
If language is wine upon the lips, as Virginia Woolf once told her husband over a bottle of Blue Nun, English in SA must be a bottle of Tassenberg:...
Oh youth, don't forsake isiNdebele
Oh youth, don't forsake isiNdebele
I am Vusi Nanas Skosana from former KwaNdebele in a small village called Boekenhouthoek. My mother tongue is Southern Ndebele.
It's time to share my beautiful language with others
It's time to share my beautiful language with others
One of the most nerve-racking moments of my life, other than the birth of my first child, was the day my family visited my isiXhosa-speaking...
Sweet, soet, Sotho, boet, 'n egg en ek
Sweet, soet, Sotho, boet, 'n egg en ek
'Kan ek asseblief twee eiers en 'n kaasworsie kry?" my brother asked.
Sepedi sparked the flame, the centre of my political consciousness
Sepedi sparked the flame, the centre of my political consciousness
When I started school at St Camillus Primary in Hammanskraal in January 1976, I was taught to recite the ABC and the 1-2-3 in three languages...
Xitsonga: How can a marginalised language thrive?
Xitsonga: How can a marginalised language thrive?
To make it worse, it is in a state of collapse and we haven’t been able to find new writers in the language.
Siswati: Anger eludes the language of love
Siswati: Anger eludes the language of love
Had the Mail & Guardian's news editor Charles Leonard told me in SiSwati, my mother tongue, that he wanted me to write about my...

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