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Study Language in South Africa

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South Africa has 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga and Venda. There are also more indigenous languages that are not included in the 11. So you have a good selection of languages to study when you go to South Africa.

First hand accounts of studying language in South Africa

“I studied isiZulu through my university, Global College, while I was in Durban. It can be a challenge learning languages in South Africa since most people speak English you have to be motivated. On the other hand Africans seem to appreciate that you are making the effort. I really enjoyed learning isiZulu. The language is beautiful and it taught me a lot about the culture.” -Chaya, South Africa, spring 2008

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After traveling on her own for three or four years, Chaya met up with Wade Shepard, the editor of VagabondJourney.com. They were married in 2009, and continue to travel the world together with their young daughter. From time to time Chaya blogs about family travel and life on the road. has written 102 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

Chaya Shepard is currently in: Xiamen, China