Chinese woman’s language talent

2017-09-22 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoElsie Weng at work.

Photo: siphelele nketoElsie Weng at work.

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INSTEAD of speaking English, or her native Mandarin to network with customers in Kokstad, Elsie Weng, a Chinese woman, speaks Xhosa and Sotho.

The 30-year-old Weng known as “Nomzekelo” works for a bottle shop in Kokstad and has been in South Africa for 17 years.

Speaking to Fever she said she likes learning other languages.

“A woman who was looking after me when I was a child taught me Xhosa, which is why I can read and write Xhosa,” said Weng.

When the Fever team visited her at work ishe used a Xhosa greeting “molweni, ninjani­?” (“hello, how are you?”), and continued chatting in English, Sotho and Xhosa­.

“In China there are South Africans who speak their own language, so I learnt Xhosa to be able to communicate with them when I meet them.

“My children understand Xhosa, but they struggle to speak it, but I want them to know these languages.”

Shoppers say Weng’s behaviour at work is enjoyable and she has set good example to encourage people to learn from each other­.


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