- A man is using the internet to educate others
- He is teaching isiZulu using social media
- His lessons are simple and informative
A man has decided to use social media to teach others his home language of isiZulu. He is now looking for women who are fluent in IsiNdebele, IsiSwati and TshiVenda to join him.
The man posts isiZulu words and their meanings in order to educate his fellow South Africans. After two years of sharing knowledge, Melusi has managed to grow his Facebook page. He has even compiled a book to help others.
He has grown his team to include other languages but has noticed that his crew is very male-dominated. In an effort to empower women, he is looking for the fairer sex to fill new available posts.
He has expanded his learning centre to offer isiXhosa, Sesotho, Setswana, XiTsonga, KiSwahili and Sepedi. At the moment, only the Sesotho-speaker is female. This why he is looking for female writers fluent in siNdebele, IsiSwati and TshiVenda.
His Facebook page is called 'Melusi's Everyday Zulu'. Social media users have described it as "Hilarious, accessible and irreverent" while others have said that it is "an excellent initiative".
Today's isiZulu lesson was a word that doesn't exist: word is Bhleksith.
He initially said that the word means Brexit but went on to explain that he was kidding. He used this little joke to explain that it could be pronounced that way because there is no "R" sound in isiZulu. All "R" sounds are automatically converted to "L".
Yesterday's word was "ujikanelanga" which means sunflower. Most of the lessons are structured like that. He lists the word of the day and then uses it in familiar contexts.
He also runs a short course to teach Zulu. It is over 10 weeks and costs R2 500.
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