Saying Nelson Mandela's middle name and the place he was born

13 Dec 2013

a little lesson in Xhosa

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and was a Xhosa speaker. Xhosa is a tonal and a click language and here is a video of two BBC workers one teaching the other how to pronounce Rolihlahla (Nelson Mandela’s middle name), Quno (where he was born) and Xhosa (the ethnic group he was born into).

Remember when you try this at home don’t sit too close to your teacher. Enjoy!