How many languages can you speak? I can speak two fluently and one very broken interpretation of Afrikaans.
English, basically is my means of communication. Duh. Then I can speak, read and write Greek.
Afrikaans I battle with but can communicate if I need to.
We have 11 national languages in SA. That’s a lot. But are they all relevant or merely an offering to the nation to make us all feel “involved”?
I can’t really understand the need to have all 11 languages as national languages. I do understand that there is a diverse mixture of people who speak varying languages and we feel the need to be entirely representative on every possible level at all times. I get it and I think it’s kinda cool.
South Africa’s 11 national languages:
- Southern Sotho
- Northern Sotho
Now tell me, how many of these you have heard of? Heard being spoken? Know of? I can’t say many to be honest.
So my ultimate question is this: Will you teach your kids to be multilingual? The reason I ask stems from a stupid funny tongue-in-cheek site I found. The site takes a stab at “What white people like”. It’s funny, don’t take it too seriously.
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- The Coconuts – a new generation of SA humour?
- 10 things to try in SA today
- Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – Learn the national anthem
- Why I love my country
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