International Mother Language Day 21 Feb – learn a language here

Here in Africa our efforts should be at brushing up on our isiZulu, right? But Mother Language is something different. Its some words we use that are rememberings of grandmothers and while they come from a different time, a different place, they are our birthright.

Today we have the tools to learn quickly and explore things from the comfort of our screens. Learning languages is a quick way to exercise your brain while opening the world up for your discovery.


Tamil is an ancient language and yet very much alive especially in South Africa and Mauritius. Google is a start, but follow these resources as a guide:

Gujurati gujarati

A North Indian language with its own alphabet, it is one of the fastest growing and most widely spoken Indian languages in the United States and Canada. Gujarati is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the UK’s capital London.

Hindi hindi

The established language of modern India, sharing many words and concepts with Sanskrit, Urdu and North Indian languages.

Urdu urdu

Extremely similar to Hindi but using the Arabic script as it is the national language of Pakistan. If you understand Hindi, you’re 3/4s of the way to speaking Urdu – and verse vica.

Bengali Bengali

The national language of Bangladesh, western India and the dreamy prose of Rabindranath Tagore.

Sanskrit sanskrit

As ancient as Tamil and the language that we use in mantras, shlokas, stotrams, kirtan, names of people and things. It is easy to read for Hindi readers as it shares the same Devanagari alphabet and is often considered as a perfect language. Much of the words we use in every sentence in English and other European and Middle Eastern languages echo back to Sanskrit and its written records of 5,000 years ago.

Lady Gaga’s Sanskrit tweet has everyone guessing

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