Tswana, also known by its native name Setswana, is a Bantu language spoken in Southern Africa by about 8.2 million people. It belongs to the Bantu language family within the Sotho-Tswana branch of Zone S (S.30), and is closely related to the Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho languages, as well as the Kgalagadi language and the Lozi language.
Setswana is an official language and lingua franca of Botswana and South Africa. Tswana tribes are found in more than two provinces of South Africa, primarily in the North West, where about four million people speak the language. An urbanised variety, which is part slang and not the formal Setswana, is known as Pretoria Sotho, and is the principal unique language of the city of Pretoria. The three South African provinces with the most speakers are Gauteng (circa 11%), Northern Cape, and North West (over 70%). Until 1994, South African Tswana people were notionally citizens of Bophuthatswana, one of the bantustans of the apartheid regime. The Setswana language in the Northwest Province has variations in which it is spoken according to the tribes found in the Tswana culture (Bakgatla, Barolong, Bakwena, Batlhaping, Bahurutshe, Bafokeng, Batlokwa, Bataung, Bakgatla and Bapo, among others); the written language remains the same. A small number of speakers are also found in Zimbabwe (unknown number) and Namibia (about 10,000 people).
The primary goal of this quick start guide is to introduce you to the Tswana language. Use the natural vocabulary of simple words over and over …
“WHEN you create new POSITIVE wave patterns in YOUR mind … they give you STRENGTH for today … and HOPE for the future”
Dynamic English-based brief language learning system developed with some UN staff.
For staff members on short or long missions to developed and developing countries to feel more comfortable and effective in achieving better working relationships in English, with local government, refugees, client and project staff as they perceive the effort to speak the local language with a good accent, and thus to respect and value the local culture.
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Non-speakers to acquire a confidence very rapidly, in the basics of the local natural language, and for current speakers to achieve significant accent improvement.
One hour of professional instruction in CRE and then at individual discretion during one week, with reinforcement a month later.
Individual training or as a small part of any management training program to stimulate creativity, because: “Each language is an intellectual treasure-house of communication, culture and humanitarian values” – Professor Kenneth Hale – linguistics expert of MIT who spoke 50 languages fluently and died October 8th 2001.
Uses the CRE technique to achieve intuitive absorption of the natural language with confidence and without stress. Designed to handle varying individual value systems and needs.CRE technique, once acquired, can be easily used for any other language or dialect.