Language Classes

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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Learning a new language can be as rewarding as it is challenging, and it is worth all of the opportunities and doors it opens. Our isiXhosa and Hindi language classes  assist our international interns in communicating in at least one of the languages of their host country – South Africa and India. The ability to speak even a small amount of the local language will win you quick friends and the respect of the locals.


Xhosa in Cape Town


In June 2013, if i could… began offering isiXhosa language classes for our Cape Town interns. These classes are held every other Friday afternoon, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, in our Woodstock office. Contact us for more information, or to register.

South Africa has eleven official languages apart from English, and as Cape Town is predominantly an Afrikaans and isiXhosa province, it is fitting to focus on the isiXhosa language. isiXhosa is a somewhat difficult language to grasp for foreigner, due to the complicated ‘clicks’ in the alphabet. There is a famous saying in Xhosa, ‘umXhosa umva ngobetha kolwimi ukuba ngowaphi (you can tell where a Xhosa person is from by the way their tongue taps).

The Xhosa people, originally from the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, migrated to Southern Africa hundreds of years ago, displacing the original Khoisan hunter-gatherers of the land. Interestingly, the isiXhosa language is partly derived from the Khoi-khoi – the word isiXhosa in Khoi means fierce and the name was given to a legendary and fierce leader who was called uXhosa. Despite the fierce namesake, Xhosa people dearly respect and honor the tradition of Ubuntu expressed as Umntu ngumntu ngabanye abantu (a person is a person through other people).

We invite all of our interns  in the Mother City to join our isiXhosa classes and explore this beautiful language and culture with us. Also, check out our if i could… Facebook page for fun isiXhosa idioms and sayings!

Hindi in New Delhi

IMG_6710Hindi is one of the official languages of India, and surprisingly is more closely related to  English than it is to the languages in South India. According to Ethnologue 2015, as many as 340 million people in India have reported Hindi to be their native language – that’s 4.9% of the world’s population.

if i could… strongly believes in the power of communication and we offer Hindi lessons to our interns during their internship in India. We offer our language classes in a comfortable, personal home environment to provide an opportunity for interns to interact with locals and to create a  platform for cultural exchange.

“It is fascinating to see how quickly and easily foreigners pick up Hindi words and the accent. I have been enjoying my time teaching interns from different parts of the world as it also allows me the opportunity to understand their culture and sophisticate my English accent,” says Neeru Malhotra, our Hindi tutor in New Delhi.

Our Hindi lessons are designed to develop basic conversational language skills to help our interns interact with locals and perform basic everyday tasks like asking for directions or negotiating a rickshaw fare. Click here to find out more about our internship offerings in New Delhi.


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