|dc.description.abstract||Say it in siSwati is a practical course manual for beginners. It is
intended to be used in conjunction with a series of language laboratory
tapes, either for individual or group instruction; but could also be used
independently, preferably with the aid of a siSwati speaker. The main aim
has been to introduce all the principal structures and to present these in
terms of familiar objects .and everyday situations as far as possible.
Starting from a selected basic vocabulary, the drills concentrate ~~ fitting
words together effectively and fluently, and the stock of words is gradually
expanded. Appendices provide extra phonological and grammatical information
if required, and a repertoire of traditional songs, followed by a glossary.
The course represents a revised and expanded version of a siSwati Language
Manual ·devised in 1972 for teaching British volunteers who were going out to
Swaziland to undertake projects for Voluntary Service Overseas., and International
Voluntary Service. Grateful acknowledgement is due, particularly,
to Mrs. Gladys Mkhonta and Mr. A.B. Ngcobo who gave valuable assistance in
the preparation of scripts and drills, and also to Messrs. Titus Ngubeni,
Reuben Zondi, Derek Hlanze, Edward Dlamini, Nicholas Dlamini, Reginald Dladla,
Clifford Magongo and Miss Jane Maseko, whose voices are recorded on the tapes.
fundamentally, preparation of the manual would not have been possible at all
without the generosity of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University
of London, in sponsoring the necessary linguistic and musical field research.||en_US