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.