Xhosa for Beginners I

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Xhosa for Beginners I

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    To develop Xhosa communicative skills in the context of the theme GETTING ACQUAINTED.

    In this module, the student will be expected to learn:

    • how to greet another;
    • how to enquire after someone?s health;
    • how to introduce yourself;
    • how to respond to the above;
    • how to establish where someone lives;
    • how to establish where someone comes from;
    • how to establish where someone is going to;
    • some everyday complaints;
    • some terms of address;
    • how to bid someone farewell;
    • a variety of everyday phrases;
    • relevant everyday vocabulary.

    Based on this information, the student will be required to write a brief autobiography in Xhosa.


    • Dialogues with embedded phrases pertaining to the above outcomes.
    • Relevant everyday vocabulary.
    • The subject links for ?I?, ?You?, ?He / She? etc.
    • Expressing obligation using ?Kufuneka? [must].
    • Using the questioning words:
      • phi? [where?];
      • ndawoni? [where exactly?];
      • njani? [how?];
      • ntoni? [what?].
    • Exercises to develop the intended language skills.

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