You too can — and should — learn to speak an African language

Rosanne Larsen reveals why she thinks the immersion method is the best way to go about it

28 June 2020 - 00:02 By Rosanne Larsen

All eyes in the room were on me. I had just been handed a huge bowl of umphokoqo, a mix of crumbly mealie meal and amasi, and I was wondering how on earth I was going to finish this enormous, rich dish by myself.

One spoonful at a time I eventually managed to complete it, realising only later that probably the right cultural thing in that context was for me to have had a few mouthfuls and then passed it on for everyone else in the room to enjoy! I was new at this. I had come emaXhoseni to immerse myself in the language and was finding that there was much more than language that I needed to learn...

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