Did you know that the University of South Africa (UNISA) offers free online courses where you can learn five of our eleven official Nguni languages?

The courses offering lessons in isiZulu, Northern SeSotho, Southern SeSotho, isiXhosa and SeTswana have been around for a while now and are the only form of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered by the nation’s biggest tertiary institution.

There is, however, word that UNISA will begin offering its courses online to avoid future troubles with postage and late deliveries as a result of the past few months’ postal strikes – we’ll be keeping an eye for official word on that from the institution.

Each course gives you a brief description and history of each language, its origins and where most of its native speakers reside.

The subject material teaches you basic things such as greetings, commands and courtesies and you don’t have to write any tests or submit any assignments for each one. You can also listen to an audio clip of each sentence to polish up your pronunciation.

Head over to the UNISA free online course portal and get started with your chosen lesson.

[Source and image – UNISA]