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Zulu Zonke - Conversational Zulu Course (Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal)

                            N.S. Turner B.A. (HDE) Hons. MA. PhD
         Ph/Fax: 031 539 6244 | Cell: 082 451 4334 | or




This course is aimed specifically for total beginners and the lessons are one and a half hours in duration and they run once a week over 14 weeks. There are 12 contact lessons followed by an additional 2 weeks in which an optional test is written followed by a report back and certification session. The cost of the course is R2950 and this includes the course manual, together with a DVD given to each person, which contains a summary of elements of the course, together with additional information on culture, the words of Nkosi Sikelele etc. Each session is followed up with an emailed summary of the lesson content and homework. The courses are run twice a year, next course commencing in AUGUST 2019 at 212 Florida Road from 17:30 - 19:00. There will also be a course held in Ballito. These courses are also run from a venue in Mt Edgecombe should there be sufficient participants interested from this area. Mount Edgecombe class will be run at a time suitable for all participants on the Tuesday.

In addition to learning basic language skills, the programme is designed to create understanding and encourage empathy amongst people in our radically changing social situation, by introducing elements such as the latest information for contemporary business with regards African values and traditions in the workplace, and a look at cultural contexts in transforming business management in South Africa. In addition, the information contained on the DVD’s not only consolidates what is covered on the course, but equips each participant with the means to continue and expand on the information covered during the sessions. Please see breakdown of course info below. If you are interested in putting your name on the list for me to contact you early next year with information about the course, please send me an email. 

Yours sincerely 
Noleen Turner 

                                ZULU BASIC COMMUNICATION LANGUAGE COURSE :

ZULU ZONKE (Loosely translated as ‘Everything to do with Zulu’) is a course which caters specifically for the person who wishes to learn basic conversational skills in Zulu.

In KwaZulu Natal, over 80% of the population are Zulu first language speakers. This course is designed to teach the remainder of the population how to communicate on a basic level through the medium of Zulu. In addition to learning basic communication skills, the programme is designed to create understanding and encourage empathy amongst people in our radically changing social situation, by introducing elements with regards African values in the work place and the intrinsic factor of cross cultural contexts in business management in South Africa.

The main body of the course is contextually presented and is accompanied by an annexure containing additional notes based on typical conversations that occur in common situations e.g. at the garage, on the phone, in the office environment, at home etc. All the material contained in the course is reinforced by a CD, which is given to each course participant together with a manual. The CD assists greatly in vocabulary acquisition, as well as providing the learner with correct mother tongue tone and pronunciation. All the dialogues and grammar points contained in the course are revised on the CD as well as additional points of information on certain aspects such as cultural issues, the music and lyrics of 'Nkosi Sikelel' i-Afrika' and Shosholoza, several common idiomatic expressions used in everyday speech, and aspects of the weather. 

This Course is taught audio-visually in the communicative method of second language teaching. Each part of the course is introduced by dialogues which contain forms of speech used in every day situations, for which the necessary vocabulary is provided. This is followed by an analysis of the grammatical constructions used as well as a number of exercises which expand on the concepts evident in the dialogues. This is necessary because all adults need to know why words are used in a particular way and in certain contexts, and how they are put together in sentences. 

The course consists of 12 one and a half hours sessions. There are an additional 2 sessions in which participants complete the course test, the last session being a report back and certification session.

The cost per participant is R2950. The course can be run in-house for companies with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 25. 

To date this course has been successfully presented to a number of companies including Pick 'n Pay, the Beare Group, KwaZulu Finance Corporation, Suncrush, the Spar Group, Fedics, Old Mutual, Supervision Services, Illovo Sugar, Albany Bakeries, ABI, Castrol as well as organisations such as the Durban Municipality, the S.A.I.C.E., the CSIR, the Durban Regional Chamber of Business and Allied Industries, the Moreland Group, the American Consulate as well as a number of consulting engineering and construction companies viz. De Leuw Cather, Davies Lynn, Bradford Conning, Bosch Holdings, Protekon Construction, Grinaker Construction, Group 5, Basil Reed, Africon, etc. 

The course is designed and presented by Noleen Turner, who holds a PhD degree in Zulu and is a specialist in Second Language Acquisition. She is an associate professor and is past Head of the Zulu Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she has lectured for the past 31 years. Apart from language courses conducted (see note on Course references), she also conducts "Cross Cultural Presentations" and has done so over the past 10 years for companies such as Standard Bank, Norwich Life, ZAI, S.A. Communication Services, Bradford Conning, Durban Municipality, and Natal Teachers Society. Prof Turner also handles translations of commercial contracts and documents in Zulu as well as work of a non-commercial nature. 

Communication is the core of all human interaction. In order to learn any language, one has to examine the culture within which it is embedded in order to understand where the language is coming from. A knowledge of an African language today in South Africa is absolutely essential if we are to achieve the one nation status we are all striving for. In KwaZulu-Natal, where the vast majority of its population (80%) are Zulu speakers, it goes without saying, that a basic knowledge of isiZulu is vital not only to one’s progress business-wise, but to improving social relations in general.

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91 Comments so far:
Heather on 8 July 2011
Please let me know when you will run a course in Hillcrest ot Kloof
Lindy Mackintosh on 15 July 2011
Do you have any plans to run this course in Pietermaritzburg or Hilton?
Lindy Mackintosh on 15 July 2011
Do you have any plans to run this course in Pietermaritzburg or Hilton?
MERCIA hOORZUK on 19 July 2011
Please advise if you will sell the course material for distance learning. I am in Richards Bay
T. Kader on 14 August 2011
I have a daughter in grade 5 and needs help in zulu, please advise how you will be able to assist.

Thanks & regards

T. Kader
Birgit Rix on 24 October 2011
Do you have any more couses the next month november, december, january...? Howard College would be perfect.

Thanks Birgit
Ant Smith on 26 October 2011
Please keep me informed of any courses in the Hillcrest / Kloof area. Many thanks, Ant
Ashleigh on 5 November 2011
I have a son in Grade 5 and really struggling with zulu do you offer lessons for this age group or could you recomend someone for me.
Lucinda Read on 25 November 2011
Please advise dates for 2012 if you have any for the Zulu course.
Adene on 11 January 2012
Dear Noleen,
I urgently need to learn how to communicate in Zulu. Can you please inform me when you will presenting a Zulu class again in Kloof, Hillcrest or close to Durban area and the cost involved. Kind regards. Adene
STephanie on 25 January 2012
Would like to know if any of these will be offered in 2012. I know there is one starting in February 2012 in the morning?
Pavershree on 26 January 2012
Hi I am interested in learning how to communicate in zulu and am looking to attend a course in 2012 either in pietermaritzburg or durban
Linzi on 3 February 2012
Hi, I am interested in learning zulu and am looking for some evening classes in Pietermaritzburg. Can you please help?
Nathan Wit on 9 February 2012
Please may you advise me as to when you will be running your next class in 2012?

Desiree on 8 March 2012
Hi i would love to learn zulu if you could please inform me of the next class for 2012 in the central Durban area and pricing thank you
Rolf Fritsch on 22 March 2012
Hi there
Will there be any courses in or around Durban in 2012?
Anni on 27 March 2012
Hi - I am also looking for a zulu class in Pietermaritzburg. Please let me know if there is one starting soon?
Shivani Nair on 5 April 2012
Any classes available for May/June 2012?
Tami Wright on 15 April 2012
Please could you let us know if you will have a Zulu course in 2012 in the durban area? Hillcrest/ kloof preferred
Victoria on 26 April 2012
Hi - do you have any courses starting up from May onwards this year?
danielle on 15 May 2012
hi there, me and my husband would really like to do a course in beginners zulu. when is the next course date? where do you normally have the classes? we are in the upper highway area. kind regards.
monique snyman on 3 July 2012
hi, i would like to learn to speak zulu. do you have any courses available? i am based in pmb. thank you
Louise on 7 July 2012
Please could you send me your 2012 timetable (dates & times) you will next be having classes near the Toti/Durban area?
Jeff on 12 July 2012
When are you next classes in the durban or upper highway area?
Ritesh Rampershad on 16 July 2012
Please can you advise on a 2012 Program Schedule for the Umhlanga & Westville Areas.
Prof Noleen Turner on 30 August 2012
Hi all

My next isiZulu course will commence early 2013. If anyone is interested, please email me ( and I'll reply with all the details.

Mhlawumbe sizobonana!

Kind regards,
Prof Noleen Turner
Chantelle Hollenbach on 11 October 2012
Hi Prof Noleen

Myself and 3 other aussies would be keen for your next course. Early 2013? Where?

Lynne Price on 18 January 2013
I am looking for a course to learn basic Zulu in the Highway area.
Regards Lynne
Carmen Muller on 20 January 2013
Good day,

I am enquiring about the Zulu course offered at your institution.
I am planning to study Medical Prosthetics at the Durban technikon during the course of this year.
To be able to speak Zulu would benefit me a lot within this profession.
Please forward me more information about your full time and part time courses.

Thank you
Bob Simpson on 21 January 2013
Any chance of lessons in amanzimtoti
rene sampson on 25 February 2013
good day

Kindly could you send me information on the classes held in morning side.

Kind regards
siphiwe on 12 March 2013
Hi I would like to know if you do recruit or need tutors who may assist you in running your sessions and take of a little bit of workload,do the errands and other things concerning teaching and learning Zulu,please let me know.I'm a Zulu speaker who passed Zulu with distinction in high school,a volunteer online Zulu translator,a paid Zulu (beginner) tutor for english and foreign people,a 3rd year student teacher at university of johannesburg.My life revloves around teaching! teaching!! and teaching!!!.I'm passionate,reliable,understanding,goodlistener,panctual,caring,understanding,life long learner,reseacher,collector,contributor,teacher to be- this is my third year- I would love to be part of your team.I spent most of my growing up in KZN Nqutu real rural areas with a huge history of Zulu's (clan or society) near Isandlwana.I know a lot about Zulu's war warriors,history,language,food,costume ,clothing,traditions,norms,values,society and many more- it is my mother tongue- feel free to contact me email or call 0712566878.Well if you consider moms I'm one of them+smilling+
Zelda on 5 April 2013
I'm wanting to learn basic Zulu. I stay in Westville - are there any classes being offered in the surounding area please?
Zelda Tate on 19 April 2013
2nd request - please let me know if any lessons are being offered in Zulu for beginners
Roxanne on 30 April 2013
Please advise whether there will be any courses held in 2013?
Vernon on 21 May 2013
Please advise if there will be any courses in 2013, in the Durban central or north region?
Kirsten on 13 June 2013
Hi Im wondering if there was a course running in westville or nearby? Thanks
Dinesh on 14 June 2013
Good Day
Will there be any other basic courses for the remainder of 2013 and where?
Celine on 24 June 2013
do you have any classes in durban north area
Kevin Reynolds on 2 July 2013
I have the basics in Zulu but would like to improve my conversational skills.
Do you run classes in the Durban/Umhlanga Rocks/Ballito area
Kevin Reynolds on 2 July 2013
I have the basics in Zulu but would like to improve my conversational skills.
Do you run classes in the Durban/Umhlanga Rocks/Ballito area
Thag Naidoo on 7 August 2013
I looking for extra lessons for my Daughter . She in G10 need extra lessons . Please adise where I can send her in Westville area Thag Naidoo
Anthony Crankshaw on 15 August 2013
Hi, is there a way for us to see the answers to existing questions ? I am also in Durban North.
Tony Chapman on 27 August 2013
I stay in Kloof and would be interested in attending a course - I'm 63 yrs old and I'm worried I might struggle in a classroom setting -
Belita on 2 October 2013
Hi I want to attend the class and I live in Musgrave
Pat on 9 October 2013
I would like to know about courses in 2014.
Inga on 28 October 2013
Hi, I am looking for a isizulu cours for me and my husband, coming from Germany, we will work in Durban for two years, starting date could be december 2013, half day in the morning? we live in Westville
Lamona on 5 November 2013
Hi Ladies & Gents

Contact KZN Business Training Centre, based in Westville and offer a Conversational Zulu Course. This course is done over an eight week period, one two-hour lesson per week from 6pm till 8pm. Visit
kantu Kelvin on 30 December 2013
I would like to know about zulu courses in 2014. I do live in Malvern Jhb.Tks
Cheryl Naidoo on 27 January 2014
Hi. I am interested in learning basic zulu. Are you offering any courses
Chanelle Paul on 15 April 2014
Hi. Do you offer any Zulu courses in Pmb, and from what date?
tracey on 17 April 2014
Hi There please can you advise if any courses will be held in the pinetown area. Is o please advise on date.
Simba on 4 June 2014
Where can I go for zulu lessons, I stay in Queensburgh area

Roy Carrick on 1 July 2014
Do You Still run courses from Cowey Centre and if so what is the cost and duration? Is it part time or full days?
david alvarrao on 14 July 2014
Hi There,I am looking to learn very basic conversational Zulu to broaden my language skill sets.Is the a class I can attend
Anette Clement on 14 August 2014
I am interested in a basic conversational zulu course.
Do you have a course starting soon ?
chantal naidoo on 10 September 2014
Plz provide me with info re learning zulu.
Kessigie Singh on 4 October 2014
Interested in next Zulu class held in Durban
Nicole on 7 December 2014
Does your next course begin March 2015? Please can I have more detail.
Melanie Haines on 8 December 2014
Jason on 13 December 2014
Interested in joining this course early 2015
Zack on 1 January 2015
Gooday Noleen.
Im interested in joining in March ans wld appreciate if you cld send me more detials.
derek on 21 January 2015
Is this available in Richards Bay area?
Admin@MomsMatter on 21 January 2015
Courses starting on Monday 2nd March 2015 in Florida Road at The Benjamin Hotel and Tuesday in the Mount Edgecombe area.
Times are 17h30 - 19h00 for both venues. For further information on course details, cost and venue please contact Noleen Turner 031 539 6244 (h) 082 451 4334 (cell)
Hilary on 12 March 2015
I am interested in starting this course in August. Any chance of lessons in Westville?
Patricia Maharaj on 19 March 2015
Dear Madam.

I live in Malvern Durbam.

Please advise the nearest.

Pat Maharaj
Stuart on 29 June 2015
Hi Prof

Are you runnnig a course in Aug 2015?
Ashleigh Streak on 21 August 2015
I am interested in an intermediate course as I am definitely not a beginner. Do you have any intermediate courses available?
Debbie Hancox on 29 November 2015
Hi, would you be so kind as to contact me with the relevant details when you are to conduct your next course in 2016. thank you.
hakeem osman on 2 January 2016
Hi ,

please contact me as i am interested.

Donovan Cawdry on 11 January 2016

Is this course being offered in 2016? What are the dates?

Ross Nevette on 12 January 2016
Please advise on next zulu course in Durban for 2016 and the cost.
thank you.
Bridget Crouse on 16 January 2016

I would like to join the next isiZulu course in Durban. Please send me details in order to do so.

Benjamin Shalom on 26 January 2016
Please I'm interested.
Mike Elston on 8 February 2016
I have 4 people from PMB who would like to attend a course. Any possibility that you will run one in PMB this year?
Brian leicester on 12 February 2016
Please can you tell me when the course starts in Hillcrest and where? Regards
Bertha on 21 April 2016
Please let me know when the classes are starting in Durban/ Westville area? Where and cost.

Trevor Lauf on 21 June 2016
Am keen to attend basic Zulu language course in Umhlanga area. What are your plans for this area? thanks, Trevor. 076 390 4140
Jeff on 25 June 2016
I am very interested in the August classes. Please let me know if there is availability.
Karin Adams on 22 July 2016
Keen on attending a course in the Highway area.
Jo Kinsey on 1 September 2016
I am interested in a course in Hillcrest. Do you have any dates for 2017?
Memory on 9 March 2017
Do you perhaps organize evening classes for groups?
Sizakele Mlambo on 16 May 2017
I would like to teach the Conversational Zulu
Carl on 23 July 2017
Hi. I am interested in taking your Zulu speaking course. Is there any courses run in Pietermaritzburg?
Veena on 30 August 2017
Please keep us posted as to when your next course will be held in Ballito.
Rhonna Kolle on 15 March 2018
I work for a company in Richards Bay. We deal a lot with the public and are looking for a basic course in Zulu. Can you suggest anything
Zodwa Shabalala on 10 October 2018
I have a 6 year old who is battling can you help

I neex her to be able to communicate in Isi Zulu
Scott Duncan on 15 January 2019
Hi Noleen
I am very interested in learning basic conversational Zulu. I am an employer who could benefit greatly from this.
Unfortunately there would be one week of the course that I wouldn’t be able to attend as I will be out of town.
Please contact me so that we can discuss arrangements.
Kind regards
Jo on 21 January 2020
Hi Noleen do you have dates for this course in 2020?
Noleen on 3 February 2020
Hi Jo,
The next course starts on the 2nd March (Monday) from 17h30-19h00
Please email me on so I can send you all the details.
Kind regards
Noleen on 3 February 2020
Hi Jo,
The next course starts on the 2nd March (Monday) from 17h30-19h00
Please email me on so I can send you all the details.
Kind regards
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