If you don’t have a car in Cape Town, one of the alternatives is the train. Before I came I had been warned about how dangerous they are to ride, and even to avoid them. The agreed upon compromise is … Continue reading →
A Xhosa woman named Ivy provides us with a meal service and African cooking lessons, as well as lessons in Xhosa (pronounced Kosa). This is our first language lesson. As out lessons progress I will try to include some audio. Xhosa has some distinctive sounds like clicks that are challenging to reproduce.
Here are a couple phrases you might like to try and learn. Xhosa is a phonetic language, so try to pronounce these words and practice them everyday! 🙂
Hello how are you?
Molo kunjani ? (singular) Molweni ninjani? (if asking more than one person)
Fine thanks and you?
Ndiphilile enkosi, wena?
Whats your name?
Ngubani igama lakho?
My name is …………
Igama lam ngu …………
Where are you from?
How old are you?
Ngubani iminyaka yakho?
What is the time?
Person staying says: hamba(singular) or Hambani (plural)
Person going says: sala (singular) or salani (plural) kakuhle
IE3 interns in Cape Town, South Africa are hosted by an organization called Volunteer Adventure Corps. Along with the basics of housing and orientation, they provide interns with the added support of an intern community accompanied by weekly activities. These … Continue reading →
The second stop was another medical clinic, this time in the black township of Gugulethu. The contrast is stark. The housing consists of small square shacks made of a combination of boards, sheet metal, and basically anything that can be … Continue reading →
While preparing me for the trip to Cape Town, my sponsoring organizations did a great job of driving home the realities of the crime rate and how not to fall prey to it. In addition, more than one friend sent … Continue reading →