Learn IsiZulu: Music edition
Want to learn some Zulu but too busy for a class?
Try our new series of drop-in language classes. We're calling it a Zulu class, but we'll include the tsotsi taal slang that helps you understand actual people, in daily life.
1pm-3:30pm, at the Rand Club store.
Each session is a stand-alone module about one, practical part of life. If you feel like you need to review the material, you can take it again. Or take a module on another topic, and ask whatever questions that are on your mind.
We're offering five modules:
Street food: shopping in the market
Getting around: Joburg by taxi or bus
Traditional culture in the city: the muti market
Music: new and traditional
Celebrations: Weddings and birthdays
None of these classes are heavy on spelling or grammar, though we do talk about that too. What we want is for you to leave and be able to talk, at least a little bit.
Want to learn isiZulu, but no time for a regular class? Join us for one of our drop-in classes, each about something fun and useful.
For the music edition, we meet at Bridge Books, where Thabiso starts the class with introductions -- learning how to introduce each other in isiZulu, and also in tsotsi taal -- the urban slang that most people in Joburg actually use every day.
Once everyone has had a chance to practice that, Thabiso will introduce ways of talking about music in isiZulu. He plays recordings of samples of traditional music, gospel music and contemporary music that you'd hear on the radio. He talks about traditional musical instruments, and how music is performed today.
The language concepts we cover include:
* likes and dislikes
* musical vocabulary
* how to go to a concert
* how to buy music
* talking about playing music
By the end of the session, everyone should be able to request song, and talk about the songs that other people requested.
About the teacher:
Thabiso is a social activist, musician, and bookseller. He loves Zulu literature, and exploring the beauty of the language in his lyrics. He loves teaching others to appreciate Zulu in ways that are fun and practical.
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