How does multilinguilism open up your world?

Does being multilingual contribute to an individual's personal development or is it something that many can go without?

Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to various callers who shared their experiences regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

Language becomes an identity issue so our kids could not identify with being Zulu.

Amanda Koffman-Xaba, caller

I made sure my children learn TshiVenda so I even got a nanny from Venda so that we spoke TshiVenda so we're fully fluent.

Zodwa, caller

I'm a white guy. 15 years ago I decided that ngifuna ukukhuluma isiZulu (I want to speak isiZulu). It has changed my world, the way I've been able to build relationships and do business.

Craig, caller

I decided to learn Afrikaans. I always see my other colleagues struggle sometimes to get things done because of that.

Gopolang, caller

When you see a patient and they allow you so intimately into the details of their lives, sometimes speaking in their language creates a better communication system.

Nkateko, caller

Learn a new language. Even if it's just to say hello and goodbye, you'll see how people are more receptive.

Mukondi, caller

This article first appeared on 702 : How does multilinguilism open up your world?


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