This week in Cozumel they are focused on the cultural aspects of Cozumel and it has been a pleasure to watch the events happening every evening, from an art exhibition, a classical string quartet and theater plays, poems and singing – it’s only Thursday so there is still so much to look forward too.
In particular the Universities and schools are exploring the English language. I was honoured to be asked to give a short talk on the language in South Africa at the University of Quintana Roo. The title of my talk was South Africa has eleven official languages. It was well received and for that I am so grateful.
I had a fabulous time explaining the diveristies of South Africa and it’s languages; the expressive Capetonians that have a dialect all of their own, the San and Khoikhoi Bushman that speak using clicking sounds and Fanagalo, the language the miners use. Most amusing to the audience was the different lanuguages used in our National Anthem and the fact that the first few stansas are rarely sung correctly. During my research and the talk itself, that also included the question section afterwards I realised how little I actually knew about the way we speak in my homeland. I was as equally educated as the audience.
It is not only the adventure sports, historic locations and beaches that keep me continually in love with Cozumel but it’s also the people, their culture and their striving desire to better the minds of the impressionable youth.
Thank you Quintana Roo University for a memorable event.
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