Easy and Very Brief Introduction to
The Basics of Greeting People In isiXhosa
If you are white and want to slowly start acknowledging your white privilege then it is important to recognise that so many Xhosa people were forced to learn English and Afrikaans, but we were never forced to learn isiXhosa. That is a problem! If you aren't white, but perhaps are keen to learn isiXhosa because you study in the Eastern Cape, well great, and good on you!
Do you feel guilty because you don't know how to greet an isiXhosa speaking person? Well, you should only feel guilty if you have had the opportunity to learn but turned away from it. So here is an opportunity... Don't turn away!
Maybe you want to acknowledge ooMama nooTata that work hard in the kitchen to prepare 3 meals a day for you? Maybe there is a friendly person you see while walking down the street? Remember what Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart".
It really is much easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of heart and compassion. We have a social responsibility to transform ourselves so that others can feel more comfortable and welcomed around us.
If anybody has questions or needs some tips on this topic please let me know. I am intending on doing a few more videos on similar topics relating to isiXhosa. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know whether there is an audience out there for these sort of videos. I really hope there is. There should be.