anyone knows Xhosa???

i want to start learning Xhosa when i finish learning German. but i can not find anything that can teach me. if you learned Xhosa, can you tell me where to find information? or if you are a fluent speaker, maybe you could start a course

July 26, 2015



I am a white (whatever that may mean), mother tongue Afrikaans speaking South African who learned Xhosa at high school and then continued learning it in the context of friendships. Today I live with my wife and two children in Zwelethemba, Worcester's "Black" township, partly because we want to make a contribution to what in South Africa we call nation building and partly because we want our children to grow up speaking Xhosa and having the privilege of living in a community culture. I teach private Xhosa lessons here in Worcester and am looking at teaching it formally at one or more of the local schools in the coming academic year. In order to minimise the time spent on learning and revising vocabulary during lessons I have developed a way to help people learn and revise their Xhosa vocabulary outside of our contact sessions, with the help of a freeware programme called Anki, on their PC's, tablets or phones. I am convinced it can work remotely as well, with Skype sessions taking the place of contact sessions. I would charge for the Skype lessons but not for the Anki files that I would be sending you to prepare for lessons. Would you be interested? I can be contacted at Regards, Marthinus Steyn aka Tata kaSinesipho.

August 16, 2016

Would you be prepared to contribute to a Duolingo Xhosa course? It would take a lot of your time, but it would be a great contribution to make. ...and it would create a community of Xhosa learners who might be willing to pay for your Skype lessons :)

If you were willing to contribute, you could apply to do so here:

November 23, 2016

I would like to source contributors as well as get sponsorship to pay contributors to develop a Duolingo isiXhosa course. Before going to sponsors and potential contributors (like Marhinus) I need information regarding the following: How many course contributors are necessary to develop a basic course? Roughly how many hours would be enough for that amount of contributors to develop such a course? I have not been able to contact Duolingo to get this info. Any ideas?

April 15, 2017

Duolingo requires a course to have at least two contributors. Different courses have taken different amounts of time. I don't have any figures to hand, but the courses that have been built in months rather than years have several contributors putting in several hours each per week.

If there's going to be a sponsored arrangement with money changing hands, that's something that Duolingo would have to arrange directly between themselves and the sponsoring organisation. I think that's quite unlikely; it would take a lot of their administrative time to set something like that up, and there are already lots of courses waiting to be started in the Incubator without financial arrangements being made.

April 17, 2017


There is a Xhosa course on Memrise, you should try it.

It is an amazing language. Good luck!!

July 26, 2015


July 26, 2015

I don't know much, but I have a copy of the book "Teach Yourself Xhosa" which is very good, and I'd recommend looking for "A Concise Manual of Xhosa". I'm not sure if you can get physical copies, but I think I found a digital version on Scribd. But there are loads of copies floating around the Internet! I don't think there are online versions of TYX, but it's well worth the investment in my opinion.

Good luck! It's such a fascinating language, and apparently it's very similar to Zulu. I think there are more resources for Zulu in general, so I'm sure looking through some of those would help with Xhosa too. :)

July 26, 2015

Kinda relevant. This guy talks about his own story of learning Xhosa. Some brief examples of how to do the click sounds etc.

July 27, 2015

I would love to use a Xhosa Tree on Duolingo, it is really important for people travelling through Southern Africa and a basic understanding of Xhosa helps to understand other Nguni languages as well.

I tried to learn it myself from books, but Duolingo simply works better to get a good, basic understanding.

April 19, 2017

Yes please!

July 15, 2017

I would love to have Xhosa on duolingo!

August 16, 2017

Busy learning Xhosa from books - a duolingo course would be wonderful!

August 27, 2017

Living in Cape Town, would love to learn Xhosa. Mostly just to eavesdrop on conversations on my daily train commute...

September 6, 2017

i would love to learn xhosa!

June 4, 2016

I'd be interested in a Xhosa course. Its a fascinating language!

June 24, 2016

Super interested! I speak German myself and have found it to help me learn Afrikaans. I would love to learn Xhosa!

August 2, 2017

I'll be doing a 6 month Xhosa learning experiment, if anyone is keen to follow my progress. Through immersion and self-study, while living in the Eastern Cape (SA). I'll be writing blog posts and later (from April 2018) the plan is to post video interviews and discussions about learning isiXhosa and African languages in general. I've described the methods, resources and reasons for learning here: (or if you're more FB inclined, I'll be creating an Anki deck with all my vocab, and eventually (by June 2018) I plan to have distilled the knowledge from this experiment into an audio course along the lines of the Michel Thomas method / Language Transfer (well worth checking out, they have some stuff on Swahili already:

EDIT: I've been gathering resources for learning Xhosa here, may be of help:

December 31, 2017

Since Xhosa was featured on Black Panther, perhaps there will be more interest in it now.

March 9, 2018

So much yes! Here have a lingot!

July 3, 2017

Finally someone speaking about Xhosa! I would also be glad to find a course here. I have some books at home, and I also know you can find some videos on the net (useful at least to work on the sounds, maybe not enough for grammar). I even found a movie some time ago, but still it’s difficult. If you’re willing to put in some effort, the best thing I found up until now is linguistics books describing the language… (still not bat, but not made for learning).

September 29, 2017

You have my vote for Xhosa on Duolingo!

November 1, 2018

Yes please. I would be willing to pay for Duolingo Xhosa

November 19, 2018

I would also love to learn Xhosa in Duolingo. Apart from a few words and snippets I learnt in school I don't know any. Is there any way to give Duolingo a bit of a push to get this into the language incubator?

February 8, 2018

I also learned isiXhosa in school, and I would be keen to get it on Duolingo to help me with my brushing up. The memrise course is good, but I prefer Duolingo to help me with the confidence to practice languages with native speakers.

February 15, 2018

Hey all you Xhosa speakers/learners on this forum: Last summer in ZA I picked up a copy of "Learn Xhosa w/ Anne Munnik" and have started working on a course on Memrise to study from. You can find it here: I'd love for some folks to join that course and pick it apart. I make loads of mistakes and I don't want those errors to get fossilized. The best way to catch and correct the errors is for another few sets of eyes to be on the course.
Also, if anyone else has used this course and has access to audio files that could be donated to the cause, that would be awesome as well. Enkosi kakhulu.

May 6, 2018

Would love a Xhosa course on Duolingo, my daughters are learning the language at school and I would love to learn alongside them and encourage their learning.

May 11, 2018

I now a bit of Xhosa. By the way Xhosa is the language they use in black panther.

May 24, 2019

I am definitely up for a Xhosa course here on Duolingo! I have a South African friend and he speaks Xhosa, Zulu, and Sotho. I heard that Zulu is coming out soon because of the many requests and I'm so excited for it. Most of these comments were made a year ago+ so I am not sure if people are already going through the process of making an isiXhosa course or not. I would love to learn Xhosa and how to fluently pronounce the clicks like a native speaker. I read that it'd be nice if we contributed to make a start for the course. I'd love to do that too, but I am currently in school and will probably be able to contribute to that in a few years.

March 26, 2019

yas kween im in, searching for a Xhosa course as well

May 14, 2019

I'm seriously interrested in Xhosa as well. One of the official languages of both South Africa AND Wakanda. Having it on Duolingo could do wonders to unify South Africans.

July 2, 2019
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