About the book

  • a handbook, reference book and classroom textbook that may be used from senior school through to university and beyond
  • a comprehensive reference that covers all aspects of the Xhosa language in one book
  • everything a student wants and needs - explained simply and concisely in Englishdesigned to be used either for classroom-based or home-based study and may be used in combination with any other Xhosa text
  • provides learners with comprehensive set of practical, user-friendly notes that are non-threatening and that explain the Xhosa language in a clear, concise and accessible way that helps learners gain a sound understanding of the structure of Xhosa
  • uses a combination of outcomes-base and conventional linguistic methods of teaching and learning, including a collection of sources for both Xhosa arts and culture or as enrichment material
  • a constant source of reference with a comprehensive set of notes where looking up a concept from phrases to vocabulary has been made easy, giving the student the competence and confidence to construct sentences correctly


This book is for anyone serious about learning Xhosa and covers the essential aspects of the language for any student wanting to study Xhosa further as a Second Additional or First Additional Language.


  • Verbal Extensions
  • Stative Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Pronouns
  • Relative Clauses
  • The Imperative
  • The Subjunctive
  • The Participial
  • The Passive
  • The Potential
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Conjunctions
  • The Present Tense
  • THe Progressive SA
  • The Progressive KA
  • The Future Tense
  • The Recent Past Tense (Perfect Tense)
  • The Recent Past Continuous Tense
  • The Remote Past Tense
  • The Remote Past Continuous Tense
  • Conditional Clauses
  • Idiophones
  • Interjections
  • Table of Concords
  • Mini Dictionary

If you talk to a man in a language he understand, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
Rholihlahla Nelson Mandela
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