One of the most fascinating aspects of traveling to different countries is encountering the different native languages. Africa is one of the most diverse continents, and a plethora of dialects and languages can be heard across the country. In the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the Nguni people use a clicking technique when speaking. In a new educational video, tour guide Sakhile Dube shows how these clicks are integrated into the native language. It showcases the beauty of African and tribal linguistics with a soft tone and gentle cadence.
Some of these clicks can also be heard in everyday conversations across America. A slight “tsk tsk” from an elder expressing disapproval is an example of how we incorporate the click into our language.
There are four groups in South Africa that use the click technique while talking. They are the Xhosa of the Eastern Cape, the Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal, the Ndebele of Mpumalanga and the Swazi of Eswatini. Although these tribes have their own respective dialects, they share the commonality of easily communicating with each other through clicks.
Dube does a great job breaking down the pronunciation of words and phrases using click techniques in this new video.
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