Languages

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next best time is now.”

A South African Proverb
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Community work in Johannesburg CBD

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Learn to speak isiZulu with John FK Mulder
EnglishHello
isiZuluSawubona
AfrikaansHallo
isiXhosaMolo
SepediDumela
SesothoDumela
siSwatiSawubona
SetswanaDumela
TshivendaNdaa
isiNdebeleLotjhani
XitsongaAvuxeni
EnglishPlease
isiZulungiyacela
Afrikaansasseblief
isiXhosandiyacela
Sepedika kgopelo
Sesothohle
siSwatingiyacela
Setswanatswee-tswee
Tshivendandi khou tou humbela
isiNdebelengiyacela
Xitsongandza kombela
EnglishThank you
isiZulungiyabonga
Afrikaansdankie
isiXhosaenkosi
Sepedike a leboga
Sesothoke a leboga
siSwatingiyabonga
Setswanake a leboga
Tshivendando livhuwa
isiNdebelengiyabonga
Xitsongandza nkhensa

“Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else’s language, even if it’s just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, ‘I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being”

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
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Off to school in Colesberg

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