kman1 wrote:Hi everyone, I have some questions for those of you living in South Africa. I intend to spend a month in S. Africa in two years for the 2010 World Cup that will take place there. I been told that I should learn Xhosa or Zulu since they are the languages that are spoken the most there besides English. Is that true?
Which African language should I focus on the most to be able to speak with the most people during my stay there?
Now, besides learning the most widely used African language like I asked about in the above paragraph there is one language that I want to learn really bad since it sounds sooo cool and interesting. Nama a.k.a. Hottentot. I really want to learn Nama but I haven't been able to find ANY resources to aid in learning that language. Can anyone help me out here? Or at least introduce me to someone who speaks Nama. I think it would interesting to learn a click language via the internet. We could practice speaking via Skype. Thanks!!
kman1 wrote:thanks andre, this has been causing me A LOT of headache over the last couple of months. First because I can't find anyone who knows anything about Nama/Damarra. Second because everytime I ask someone what is the most useful language to learn when going to SA I always get a different answer. They always say either Afrikaans or Swahili. Besides Nama, when I ask them what's a good "black" language to learn, they say Hausa, Zulu, etc. So this is a very confusing subject. Language in Africa.
So, in your opinion, the most useful "black" language to know in SA is Xhosa.
1. What 'black' languages would you tell someone to learn if they said they wanted to go ANYWHERE on the African continent and be understood? (I think there are more than one since Africa is so diverse...)
2. That would be great if you could find out some more information about Nama or maybe even a native speaker who speaks English. I am absolutely positive that a lot of people would very much enjoying learning a click language. About ten of my friends already want to learn a click language together with me.
kman1 wrote:You should look up the Nama language then. Being it is the largest (# of speakers) of the surviving click languages and all.
Andre, were you able to find any more information on Nama? I still really want to learn and practice it.
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