I do not give any guarantee for the spelling but due to the huge demand (one email), I thought that it may interest you to know some of the very, very basic words in isiXhosa. Here you go:
Molo – Hello
Ewe – Yes – also Answer to Molo
Haij – No – pronounced like Hey, took me five weeks to get it.
Haijbo – Oh no, used frequently.
Kunjani – How are you?
Ndiphilile – I am fine
Kunjaniwena – And how are you?
Ndiphililenam- I am fine, too
Mlungu – milk, white person (usually meaning me when I hear it)
Nkosi – Thank you
Nkosi kakhulu – Thank you very much.
Andikuva – I did not hear you/I do not understand you
Andias – I do not know.
I know and understand some more words/sentences but I am not sure if it would useful for anybody out there to write them down. Just to give you an idea, I know how to say: The rain is coming; The reverend is out of office; Can I have water, please?; I learn isiXhosa.
The story with the clicks is a little bit complicated to describe. So please read this more as a try. There are basically three clicks: “c”, “x” and “q”. The “c” is the easiest one, pronounced as if you were blaming a child “tstststs”. The “x” is a click you make with your tongue and the “q”, well, I never performed this one correctly I think. It is close to the noise you would make with tongue when you want to imitate a trabbing horse.
As I told you, that’s a try.
One thing I realised is that as long as I do not speak this language, I would always be an outsider among the people I life with. I am excluded of basic conversation as soon as there is more than one person.
I also came to a point to realise that even if I learned the language and improved it to be fluent, that there would still be the differences in culture and traditions. And since this is a question of growing up with, I know that I could never become a part of this society.
Not to mention the question of my skin colour…