Learn IsiZulu : Transport 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 Transportedition, 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 then, Introduces ways of talking about getting around -- on foot, by taxi and by bus. He talks about hand signals used by taxi drivers in the CBD, and how to use the Rea Vaya bus network.
After the introductory sessions, we walk one block to the Rea Vaya Eastbound station, where we practice our new skills in buying a bus ticket, and finding out which bus to take to Maboneng
We get off the bus at the Jeppe police station stop, and then walk one block to Bridge Books in Maboneng at the Cosmopolitan building.
Here we review the trip, break for coffee and bathrooms, and practice conversations then get back on the bus to the Bridge Books store at the Rand Club, where we began.
The language concepts we cover include:
* asking for and giving directions
* paying bus and taxi fare
* taxi and bus etiquette
* reading a map
By the end of the session, everyone knows how to take the bus on their own.
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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