Language Primer

Chichewa

Language Primer: Chichewa

Even the least polyglot visitor to Malawi will fall for the charms of Chichewa. Indeed, as the country’s most widely known language there’s no escaping it. The trick is...
Enahara

Language Primer: Enahara

For those whose tastes extend to the linguistic Mozambique Island delivers its own dialectic morsel: Enahara. This vernacular - derived from Mahkuwa, the most widely spoken...
Xangana

Language Primer: Xangana/Shangana/Changana

As visitors to Maputo will attest, it's useful to know some Xangana/Shangana/Changana. A colourful language and one of Mozambique's indigenous Bantu tongues, it seems to...
bahasa kamus

Bahasa Indonesian Primer: Numbers and Basic Transactions

Bahasa Indonesian is a deceptively simple language. With a nice, friendly bounce, it is easy to learn the basics. Certainly, within a few days, most visitors will feel...
madurese language

Language Primer: Madurese

A Madurese trait, it would seem, is to stay hidden in plain sight. For an island in such a central location - a couple of hours to Surabaya's north and within striking...
Tetun, Timor Leste

Language Primer: Tetun

Whilst Tetun is not renowned as a major player in the international language stakes, it is symbolic of its mother country, Timor Leste. As one of two official languages in the...

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