Xhosa a Nguni Bantu language spoken by about 20 million people primarily along the southeastern coast of Africa. It is one of the official languages of South Africa and Zimbabwe and also spoken in Botswana and Lesotho. Xhosa-speaking people have inhabited coastal regions of southeastern Africa since before the 16th century. Nelson Mandela was a famous Xhosa man. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther, the language spoken in the fictional African nation of Wakanda is Xhosa.
International travel is made easier and more pleasant when you know Xhosa. Adding Xhosa language skills to your business skills make you a more valuable an employee in the marketplace. Communication skills developed while learning Xhosa can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Learning another language is part of a liberal education.
How Long Does it Take to Learn Xhosa?
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Xhosa Alphabet & Pronunciation
Xhosa is both a tonal language and a click language. It has two tones, high and low, and 18 click sounds. The first six are dental clicks (represented by the letter "c"), made with the tongue on the back of the teeth, and they are similar to the sound represented in English by "tut-tut" or "tsk-tsk" to reprimand someone. The next six are lateral (represented by the letter "x"), made by the tongue at the sides of the mouth, and they are similar to the sound used to call horses. The last six are alveolar (represented by the letter "q"), made with the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth, and they sound somewhat like a cork pulled from a bottle.