Zulu Language

WHAT IS ZULU


Zulu is one of the languages of South Africa. Most of its speakers are found in KwaZulu Natal. It was first written by the missionaries in the early nineteenth century. Since then it has developed a rich literature. There are books, films, magazines and newspapers that exist in the Zulu language.


Zulu also has a rich oral tradition. The oral tradition consists of stories, fables, folktales and similar structures that are used to teach the philosophy of Zulu culture. These stories are told to the youth in order to inculcate the values of the society. Old people do the telling because they are seen as the repositories of the culture.


The Zulu language carries the principles of ubuntu (humaneness), a philosophy which upholds the importance of other people apart from the individual. We will constantly refer to this philosophy as we study the language.

Announcements


Zulu is currently offered via videoconference from Yale University.  Cornell students register normally for the Cornell listing.  They meet in a room in Noyes Ldoge on a regular schedule.  The teacher is on the screen and in immediate communication with the students all hour.  It is not an "online" course.  Zulu will be offered at all three levels and Cornell students will be able to pursue Zulu study through and beyond the Cornell arts college language requirement. For more information contact Dick Feldman at rf10

Zulu Language

Zulu is one of the languages of South Africa. Most of its speakers are found in KwaZulu Natal. It was first written by the missionaries in the early nineteenth century. Since then it has developed a rich literature. There are books, films, magazines and newspapers that exist in the Zulu language.  Wikipedia has articles in English and Zulu.

Zulu also has a rich oral tradition. The oral tradition consists of stories, fables, folktales and similar structures that are used to teach the philosophy of Zulu culture. These stories are told to the youth in order to inculcate the values of the society. Old people do the telling because they are seen as the repositories of the culture.

The Zulu language carries the principles of ubuntu (humaneness), a philosophy which upholds the importance of other people apart from the individual. We will constantly refer to this philosophy as we study the language.