Speak Xhosa or Zulu. Today.
Explore your world
Don’t be a stranger, say “hello.” Language connects us to each other, so it’s easier and faster to learn while connecting directly with another person. Our model brings you together with native speakers to encourage a language and perspective dialogue. The outcome is that you learn more than just words, you learn about the world as viewed through the eyes of another culture.
Here’s how Uthini gets you speaking, fast
Converse with a real Zulu/Xhosa person
From day one you will send messages and voice notes to your personal tutor, in real time. Interactive dialogues with your personal tutor will give you the confidence to speak and get it right
Lessons crafted by language experts
Curated content in the form of images, voice notes and texts will get you ready for real-life situations
Go at your own pace
15 minute bite sized lessons easily fit into your busy schedule
Learn on the go
We know you’re busy. That’s why Uthini lets you learn anytime, anywhere – on your desktop, smartphone or tablet. Your progress is synced across all devices, so you can always pick up where you left off
Uthini has partnered with WITS university and the Western Cape Education Department to teach over 1500 students isiZulu and isiXhosa
Love my tutor!
A live tutor is always great as human contact makes you feel responsible to someone. I don’t like technology really, apart from being able to use it for this
/ Xhosa Student
I found the course format excellent. I’m really busy, I’ve got a full time job, I’ve got a kid, I’ve got hobbies. I can’t get to evening classes. I don’t have the discipline or the time to sit down unless I have got an appointment. This was flexible enough to do. It was realistic.
/ Xhosa Student
Loved the whole experience!
I loved the multiple ways of learning, between texting, voice notes, repeating and translating. The order of learning was logical and clear, and fun.
/ Zulu Student
For me this format is great. I can sustain it, I can return to it, I can question it. It is open ended and mutual and supportive.
What you have on offer is a great, innovative opportunity for people to learn new languages. I think the platform on which you do it and the manner in which it’s done is also really innovative. It is amazing what technology can do and how it can bring people together.
Real live tutors
Made all the difference to have a real live person. First of all the motivation. You knew there was somebody waiting there instead of just an app or software program which you could do any time and probably end up not doing. For encouragement as well and for pronunciation.
For me this is something one could be doing for two years. For me building confidence to speak to people is difficult. That is why I didn’t speak to people as I was scared of horrible pronunciation and offending people. This is a way to bypass that.
When I started this year, I could not speak isiZulu at all, I had no background of isiZulu; Thank you Uthini as I have learnt a lot of isiZulu and could communicate with patients in isiZulu effectively.
WITS Medical Student
Scheduling lessons in advance was very important to ensuring that I consistently participated and that I was committed. Having a human being actually provided a lot of discipline.