A Xhosa-Crutch for Swahili
I am really pleased that my knowledge of the Xhosa language has greatly facilitated my acquisition of Swahili grammar and vocabulary.
I am not saying it is extremely easy to grasp off the bat, but I am able to understand the patterns more rapidly and make word associations more readily.
I am enjoying this learning process so much already. I marvel at the inter-language patterns of those within the same Tree.
No, it is not. I am certain you must be aware of the fact that Afrikaans is indeed my native language. I am currently studying Xhosa academically at a university at a relatively advanced level for non-native speakers.
Vir my is die Xhosa taal redelik moeilik om te leer al kan ek dit gebruik. Dit is die grammatika wat so moeilik is, want dit is soortgelyk aan Swahili s'n ten opsigte van die 'klasse'.
Selfs wanneer moedertaal Xhosa-sprekers in hul taal skryf, dan ondervind sommige van hulle probleme.
They are both Bantu languages but branch off after that, Swahili was also very influenced by Arabic. So a Xhosa speaker and a Swahili speaker wouldn't understand each other but they share very similar concepts and features.