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Speak Zulu With Us (Book & CD-Rom edition) Paperback – September 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0620244275 ISBN-10: 0620244275 Edition: Bk&CD-Rom

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: African Voices; Bk&CD-Rom edition (September 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0620244275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0620244275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,022,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sequel is a sequel is a sequel, right? Following on from their highly acclaimed CD-ROM Xhosa language tutor African Voices have released Speak Zulu With Us sporting a new interface, navigation system and revised course structure. What the user will once again be pleased to discover is a well thought out, well presented interactive language program demonstrating the fundamental precepts of the Zulu language. Kicking off the course is an extensive lesson on pronunciation. By the authors own admission, this section is "long and detailed", owing to the somewhat complex and subtle nature of Zulu pronunciation. A detailed breakdown of each of the vowel and consonant sounds, as well as the 'clicks' and 'click variants', are provided by means of an in-depth textual explanation. Supporting this is an easy-to-use function which allows the user to listen to each of the sounds being uttered by a native Zulu speaker. (Daily Mail & Guardian - 26-November-1999 (SA Newspaper)) -- Daily Mail & Guardian - 26-November-1999, SA Newspaper

African Voices has followed up its impressive Speak Xhosa With Us CD-ROM with an equally awe-inspiring Zulu multimedia course. And, what's more, it's both PC and Mac compatible, so people with iMacs aren't left out in the cold. Speak Zulu With Us offers a beginner's course in South Africa's most widely spoken African language. It's divided into five lessons that start with basic greetings and cover a range of other handy scenarios, including an amorous advance at a party that will set you on your way to a basic understanding of Zulu. With a catchy soundtrack of indigenous tunes, each lesson is divided into five sections. The "conversation" sections contain video clips of real Zulu-speakers in action. A handy feature lets you record yourself emulating these Zulu speakers, so you can hear just how bad your pronunciation really is. (I-Technology November 16 1999 (SA Newspaper)) -- I-Technology November 16 1999, SA Newspaper

About the Author

Derek Gowlett MA (African Languages) WITS, South Africa Derek Gowlett received his MA in African Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and a Diploma in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and Lozi, and written numerous academic articles on comparative African Linguistics and Literature. He is editor of the book Contributions to African Linguistics (published by Via Afrika) and is currently doing research on Yeyi and UMbundu (languages of the Caprivi/ Botswana and Angola).

Khethiwe Ngwenya BA Dip Prim Ed (University of Cape Town, SA) Khethiwe Ngwenya grew up in a small farming community outside Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal. After completing a BA in Primary Education at the University of Cape Town (where she received the Class Medal for African Languages) Khethiwe taught in KwaZulu-Natal and then returned to Cape Town to pursue work as a freelance lecturer, writer and editor for Juta Publishing and Cambridge University Press.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Learning the language most South Africans speak as a first-language has always been my aim, but I have never been able to find a course that combines both conversational practice with grammatical thoroughness.
Speak Zulu With Us by African Voices has, at last, filled this most important gap. Exploiting all the features of multimedia (video, sound, record-self, interactive exercises, graphics etc) this CD-ROM is so well-written and beautifully designed you just don't want to leave it alone! You can move easily from any one of the activities - conversation, grammar, exercises, dictionary, culture - within a lesson or even skip happily between lessons - for there is also a simple way to access the program map and access particular lessons or parts of lessons.
Each lesson starts with a number of videos of Zulu speakers - mostly represented by members of two families - the Hlophes who live in Johannesburg and the Mthethwas who live in rural KwaZulu-Natal. I liked the different personalities and humour as well as the cultural detail - the section on greetings has at least 4 different greetings depending on age, rank and degree of conservatism. All of this is explained in the culture section but it is really nice to see the videos which give you an idea of body-language and eye-contact etc.
After watching and listening to the videos (all with optional text and English translations) you get to practice your own pronunciation and conversational ability via the self-record function. There are also lots of listening comprehensions which are an excellent way of getting that ear to pick out the new sounds and make sense of them.
There seems to be a very clear methodology behind this course because once you finish the practical exercises you really feel that you can say something!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful production, marrying the best of modern multimedia interface, langauge instution and cultural information. If you want an introduction to Zulu and have the correct computer hardware, this is well worth the (steep) price-tag!
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