Zulu, English dictionary relaunched

2015-10-28 06:00
A revised edition Zulu-English dictionary.  Photo: supplied

A revised edition Zulu-English dictionary. Photo: supplied

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THE Oxford University Press Southern Africa (Oupsa) recently announced the release of a revised edition of it Zulu-English dictionary. The Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: isiZulu and English second Edition now includes 13 pages of everyday conversations and useful phrases to help pupils and university students and everyone else speaking Zulu in real-life situations.

“Most of South African's population is at least bilingual,” says Steve Cilliers, Oxford University Press Southern Africa MD.
“Being able to speak more than one language competently is a great strength, but many children find it difficult to learn through the medium of English. We therefore launched the first edition of the Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiZulu and English in 2010 to support the Department of Education's policy of additive bilingualism in classrooms, and to help children to fulfill their potential.
“The second edition includes new material that will bridge the language divide between teachers and pupils. It will also help non-Zulu-speaking teachers of all subjects to explain key curriculum terms to their Zulu-speaking pupils.”

The second edition is unique in offering a comprehensive guide to everyday conversations, helping pupils to see how to use the languages in real life, and empowering them to interact with one another.
More than a phrasebook, the dictionary shows what answer you might get to your question, and enables you to reply.
Covering a range of useful topics, the 280 mini-conversations range from “meeting people” and “at school or university” to “spending time with friends” and “staying safe”.
A section titled “Going to a doctor or clinic” gives users the vocabulary to both explain what is wrong with them and understand the doctor or nurse’s instructions. Do you need to get help quickly, just say“Biza i-ambulense.” (Call an ambulance.)

Megan Hall, national publishing manager for dictionaries says: "The mini-conversations will be ideal for students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, all of whom are now required to learn conversational Zulu.
“They will also be a lifeline for medical students – from future doctors to physiotherapists and dentists – who may do their year of community service in a province they're unfamiliar with, and in communities that speak a language they don't know."

In addition to the new material, the dictionary continues to offer up-to-date vocabulary for many school subjects, an easy way to look up nouns, and authentic example sentences.
It also includes useful extras such as model letters, activities and labelled illustrations.

The Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiZulu and English 2nd edition caters for home language Zulu speakers, as well as home language English speakers, in Grade 4 to Grade 9 wanting to improve their ability to communicate in their additional language and succeed at school.

The dictionary is available at leading book retailers at a recommended selling price of R129.95.
For more information, please visit www.oxford.co.za - Supplied.

Being able to speak more than one language competently is a great strength, but many children find it difficult to learn through the medium of English. We therefore launched the first edition of the Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiZulu and English in 2010 to support the Department of Education's policy of additive bilingualism in classrooms, and to help children to fulfill their potential.

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