Observe and Interview

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Assignment 02: Exploring language diversity where you live Compiled by Hannelie Millar – student 49498843 Instructions: Task 1: Observe your community • Go out into the community where you live for one or two afternoons or evenings. For an example, we put a photo from the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg. • Observe what you see around you. o Who is talking with whom? o What language are they using? o Why do they use one language or another? • Why do you think people are acting the way they do? Try to come up with some reasons, just by observing what is happening around you. Task 2: Interview one of the members who you have observed • Now choose one of the people who are around you and ask their permission to do a short interview • Ask them…show more content…
My first inclination as to the reason for common gym terminology being said in English, even though the rest of the sentence was in Afrikaans, is laziness. Although I grew up in an Afrikaans home, I am now living with English being my first language, since my Scottish husband cannot speak Afrikaans well. I avoid mixing my language when I speak in Afrikaans, since it is such a beautiful language to me. I would expect that other Afrikaans speaking people should make the same effort. As for the Zulu speakers using the English terminology, I would suspect that this happens quite simply because there is no corresponding Zulu word for some of the terminology. I don’t believe during the era that the Zulu language was born, dumbbells and push-ups were something this group was exposed to, so why would there be a need to give it a name in their language? Why do they act the way they do? There were two types of behaviours that stood out to me, and for which I could identify the opposite behaviour in other people. 1. The black middle aged members were very loud in their expressions. Although they were communicating to each other in Zulu, in what seemed like encouragement to lift the heavy weights, or to lift it one more time before finishing a set, their demeanour was boisterous, noisy and energetic, a common trait of their culture. In the opposite sense, I noticed an elderly white man, who seemed to be a little annoyed with the noise that the Zulu men
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