Why study a new Language?

 In the global world we live in, knowing one language is no more enough. Fluency in different languages enables one to benefit from many opportunities. Through language we can connect with other people and make sense of our experiences. It is also important to note that employers and universities look at applicants who have the necessary requirements of which knowledge of a particular language could be one of them.

We have a team of experienced language teachers who will help you learn a new language of your choice within a very short time.  We  offer languages like;  English, German, French , Chinese, Swahili and Luganda

A language is a systematic means of communication by the use of sounds or conventional symbols. It is the code we all use to express ourselves and communicate to others. It is a communication by word of mouth. Language, so far as we know, is something specific to humans, that is to say it is the basic capacity that distinguishes humans from all other living beings. Language therefore remains potentially a communicative medium capable of expressing ideas and concepts as well as moods, feelings and attitudes.

A set of linguists who based their assumptions of language on psychology made claims that language is nothing but ‘habit formation’. According to them, language is learnt through use, through practice. In their view, ‘the more one is exposed to the use of language, the better one learns’.

Our classes are flexible and conducted by very experienced tutors. We can also arrange Fast Track sessions.

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  • Morning : 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
  • Afternoon: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Evening: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • English Language

    Why Learn English?
    English language comes to our aid in commercial transactions throughout the globe. English is the language of the latest business management in the world. English is a means not only for international commerce; it has become increasingly essential for inter-state commerce and communication in many countries.

    English language is one tool to establish our viewpoint. We can learn from others experience. We can check the theories of foreigners against our experience. We can reject the untenable and accept the tenable. We can also propagate our theories among the international audience and readers.

    When William Caxton set up his printing press in London (1477) the new hybrid language (vernacular English mixed with courtly French and scholarly Latin) became increasingly standardized, and by 1611, when the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible was published, the educated English of London had become the core of what is now called Standard English. By the time of Johnson’s dictionary (1755) and the American Declaration of Independence (1776), English was international and recognizable as the language we use today. The Orthography of English was more or less established by 1650 and, in England in particular, a form of standard educated speech, known as Received Pronunciation (RP) spread from the major public schools in the 19th century. This accent was adopted in the early 20th century by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its announcers and readers, and is variously known as RP, BBC English, Oxford English, and the King’s or Queen’s English.

    Generally, Standard English today does not depend on accent but rather on shared educational experience, mainly of the printed language. Present-day English is an immensely varied language, having absorbed material from many other tongues. It is spoken by more than 300 million native speakers, and between 400 and 800 million foreign users. It is the official language of air transport and shipping; the leading language of science, technology, computers, and commerce; and a major medium of education, publishing, and international negotiation. For this reason, scholars frequently refer to its latest phase as World English.

  • German Language

    Why learn German?

    In an increasingly globalized world,  knowledge of  German  gives one access to the culture and marketplace of three leading European nations: Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.  Together, the inhabitants of these three countries, combined with native speakers in other regions of the globe, make German the most spoken language in the European Union and the tenth most spoken language in the world.

    On a professional level, speaking and understanding another language opens many career opportunities.  German is one of the main languages used in business and international diplomacy.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, German became the lingua franca of central Europe, bridging the gap between former Cold War adversaries.  Many international conferences and trade shows also use German as their working language.

    At the undergraduate level, taking German classes will help to expand your understanding of another culture through a wide range of course offerings.  In business and social settings, being able to interact in a culturally appropriate manner is essential in order to seal a deal or make a transaction.  Understanding a bit of history and culture helps to make travel more enriching.

    Here are some things to think about:

    Business

    • Germany is the world’s largest exporter of goods (vehicles, parts, machines, chemical products, metals, etc.).
    • Germany is the largest European trading partner with the US.
    • Over 2000 American companies conduct business in the German-speaking countries

    Academics

    • German is indispensable for study in music, religion, philosophy, physics, and many other subjects.
    • German is the language that is most often required or recommended in academic programs.
    • German is an important scientific language and is the second most common on the Internet.
    • English shares close relations with German, so that learning German will help you understand the history and structures of English.

    Travel

    • Speaking German will allow you to communicate with over 100 million individuals worldwide.
    • German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.
  • French Language

    Why learn French?

    French is one of the leading languages of Europe and the world. Because French is an official language of many of the world’s organizations such as the Untied Nations, Nato, UNESCO, the International Red Cross Association, and numerous other international committees and organizations. After English, French is the most learned second language in Europe and around the globe.

    French is a great step towards building a world-class education that can open many doors in employment in a variety of occupations such as Teaching, Interpreting and translation, the travel industry, and many more. French is spoken on five different continents, making French one of the most useful second language for traveling. France is the second largest tourist location in the world that attracts over seventy million visitors a year alone. Other major destinations that speak French include the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, and parts of Africa and Asia.

    French is the language of culture opening your door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema. As you quickly realize when you look at the foreign film section of your local video store, France is one of the most prolific producers of international films. The Cannes International Film Festival annually attracts the attention of the world when the best films, directors and actors are named. When you understand French you don’t need to rely on subtitles to enjoy a French film.

    If you follow French literature then you have heard of such wonderful French novels like Les Miserables, The Three Musketeers, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, The Little Prince, and The Stranger. In fact, France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country. The French are also admired for their great philosophers, such as Descartes and Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Camus and Satre. When you learn French, you can enjoy these works and authors in the original form.

    The importance of French language extends into France’s military power. France is the third most robust military in the world after the United States and Russia. France is second in the building defense systems such as exocet missiles, radar technology, as well as being the second largest exporter of civilian and military aircraft and helicopters. France  has troops presence in over 15 countries worldwide. France also boasts one of the most advanced telecommunication systems

    France has also led the way in major advancements in science and technology. France was the place where the very first nuclear fusion reactor was developed and manufactured. Advances in high energy physics and research in the medical field such as isolating the HIV from the AIDS virus, the crucial first step in a cure for the virus has led to French being adopted has a necessary language of the scientific community. The importance of French has regional and global implications on all major economies of the world.

    Learning any language is an ongoing process and don’t expect results over night or without any effort. Many resources are readily available to lessen the effort and time it takes to learn French. Believe it or not but over 40 to 50% of English vocabulary comes from the French Language. In fact, French has the most words spread out over many different languages. Learning the importance of French can even help you understand your own language better! French is also a good language to learn if you plan to learn other romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian.

    All languages change over time and French is no exception. To indisputably understand the importance of French language you need to learn the language yourself so you can receive the full benefit of this amazing language. In fact, latest research as shown that learning a second language helps fight against Alzheimer’s disease and slows down the aging effects of the brain!

  • Chinese Language

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    The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history or archaeology. But to study Chinese finally means to study a culture and people. At the heart of Chinese civilization is its rich heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and more recently, film. To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment learning the language is half the battle, but knowing about the culture behind the language is the other.

    Things to consider

    1. China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old.
    2. China is the most populous nation in the world, with over 1.28 billion people.
    3. One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.
    4. In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
    5. China is the second largest economy in the world.
    6. China is one of largest trading partners of the United States.
    7. Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments there.

    Some surprising facts

    Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. Unlike French, German or English, Chinese has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!) and no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). For example, while someone learning English has to learn different verb forms like “see/saw/seen,” all you need to do in Chinese is just to remember one word: kan. While in English you have to distinguish between “cat” and “cats,” in Chinese there is only one form: mao. (Chinese conveys these distinctions of tense and number in other ways, of course.)

    The basic word order of Chinese is subject — verb — object, exactly as in English. A large number of the key terms of Mandarin Chinese (such as the terms for state, health, science, party, inflation, and even literature) have been formed as translations of English concepts. You are entering a different culture, but the content of many of the modern key concepts is familiar.

    Remember these two facts:

    1. Currently Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people around the world, about one fifth of the global population;
    2. Each year more and more students around the world whose mother tongue is not Mandarin are studying it with enthusiasm and success. If they all can learn it, so can you!

    The study of Chinese literature and culture will help you bridge the cultural gap, better understand your Chinese counterparts, and create a platform of knowledge and understanding with them that is crucial for effective communication.

    Chinese is important for your career!

    1. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.
    2. Knowing Chinese may give you an edge when competing for an important position.
    3. China will play a major role in world affairs in the future. As China now has opened up to the West, there are opportunities for employment in all areas.
    4. China is a wonderful country in which to teach English while developing your language and cultural skills. The experience is great, and it’s something you will never forget.
  • Swahili Language

    Why learn Swahili?

    Swahili (or Kiswahili as it is called when one is speaking the language) is the most important and widely studied indigenous language of Africa, the National and official language of Kenya and Tanzania. It is spoken as a native language on the East coast of Africa and the islands adjacent to the coast from Southern Somalia in the north down through the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts.

    It is also a Lingua franca of the African Continent spoken as a second language by millions of people mainly in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and East Zaire. There are also speakers in Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Southern Arabian countries such as Yemen and Oman, as well as other parts of the world.

    It is aired in radio broadcasts such as the British Broadcast Corporation, Voice of America, and Deutsche Welle. It is heard in songs of famous singers such as Miriam Makeba and in popular films like the Lion King. African-Americans refer to their annual cultural festival as Kwanzaa, which is derived from the Swahili word kwanza or ‘first.’

    Swahili is taught in academic institutions from Japan in the East to Mexico in the west. It can be used to fulfill language requirements. The study of Swahili also provides interesting issues regarding language policies and language planning. Whatever the area of research one is in, be it linguistics, anthropology, geography, archaeology, or even sociology, knowledge of Swahili and its many varieties is essential if one is working in the East African region. There are many benefits of knowing the Swahili language, including the fact that it serves as a good vehicle to accessing Swahili culture. Swahili has a long written tradition and remarkable history. Finally, knowing Swahili enhances the credibility of researchers interested in East Africa.

    Who speaks Swahili?

    Over 50 million people in eastern and central Africa  speak Swahili. It is widely used in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. A little over one million people speak it as their first language. Most others speak Swahili fluently as a second, third or fourth language. Those who speak it as a first language are found along the coast of east Africa stretching from southern Somalia to the border between Tanzania and Mozambique. There are also many native Swahili speakers on the Indian Ocean islands of Unguja and Pemba (which together make up Zanzibar), Lamu, the Comoro Islands and the northwestern part of Madagascar. Many Swahili speakers like to refer to themselves in terms of where they come from. So Swahili speakers from Unguja, for example, will refer to themselves as Waunguja or Wazanzibari, those from Kenya as Wakenya and those from Tanzania as Watanzania.

    The East African coast was visited by Arabs and Persians as early as the second century A.D. These visitors settled in Africa and married local people. Many local people modified and adopted the visitors’ traditions. On the island of Unguja, for example, the traditional New Year, MwakaKogwa, is celebrated during the month of June. This celebration is similar to the Persian New Year of  Neiruz. Later visits by Arabs to the area also introduced the Islamic religion, and today many Swahili speakers throughout East Africa are Muslim. Travelers from Portugal, Germany, England and various Asian countries also went to East Africa. Each group left its mark on both the culture and the language. Lame as a center of Swahili Language and Cultures, would be a place of interest to students.

    Language and Culture

    Swahili is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo family and has a typical, complicated Bantu structure. For example, Swahili utilizes over 13 noun classes, the equivalence of a romance language having 13 genders. Three full noun classes are devoted to different aspects of space and time. Swahili represents an African World view quite different from that of a European language.

    Nouns are grouped into different classes according to their meaning. Human beings, for example, belong to one class: mtu ‘person’/watu ‘people.’ Trees, on the other hand, belong to another class: mti ‘tree’/miti ‘trees’. Diminutive and augmentative meanings are also expressed using the noun class system. The following forms of the word ndege ‘bird’ indicate different sizes: ndege (regular size bird); kidege (small bird); dege (big bird).

    The word Kiswahili is a general term for many varieties of the language spoken along the East African coast. It comes from the Arabic word sahel, meaning ‘coast.’ Ki- is a prefix referring to language. In some varieties of Swahili, the language prefix appears as chi-, as in Chimiini, which is spoken in Somalia, or shi-, as in Shingazija, a variant spoken on the Ngazija island of Comoro.

    Swahili language has been influenced by a variety of other language, including Arabic, Portuguese and German. There are many Swahili words with foreign origins, including the following: sita ‘six’ (Arabic), saba ‘seven’ (Arabic), shule ‘school’ (German), bendera ‘flag’ (Portuguese), kitabu ‘book’ (Arabic) and pesa ‘money’ (Hindi).

    All Swahili speakers share a unique way of expressing time, day or night. Sunrise or sunset are the two focal points used to tell time. The first hour of the day, therefore, comes after sunrise, not after midnight, and the first hour of the night comes after sunset. Also unique to Swahili speakers is the way they communicate with each other indirectly by use of the popular language, also known as leso. This multi-purpose cloth usually has a caption that conveys a proverbial message to its target audience.

  • Luganda Language

    Why learn Luganda?

    Luganda, the native language of the people of Buganda, developed over the centuries as a spoken language. Its written form is only as recent as the arrival of the Arab and European influence among the Baganda. It is not easy, and of course it is not within the scope of this discussion, to trace its origins, but it is proper to assume that in a dynamic society with such well structured cultural, social, and political institutions like those of the Baganda, the language must have experienced a reciprocal influence during most of the changes the society went through over the course of its history. It was not however, until after the second half of the nineteenth century, that Luganda was first written down and appeared in print in its own right.

    Course Description
    The primary role of Luganda language training is to provide students with the principal tools needed for entry into Uganda’s many cultures and language communities. Given its location in Kampala, where Luganda dominates, the Development Studies program focuses on Luganda as the primary local lingua franca to best facilitate interactions and cross-cultural  communication. The course is organized by a language coordinator and a taught by staff of  teachers, themselves native speakers experienced in teaching Luganda as a foreign language  and with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication. Language learning consists of 45 hours  of formal instruction. Luganda study is reinforced through the home-stay experience and various participatory and interactive assignments. The language instruction may also include   simulations and field trips to supplement classroom learning.

    Course Objectives

    The language course in Luganda consists of 45 academic hours (3 credits) and has the following main objectives:

    • To prepare students for daily social interactions in Luganda;
    • To acquire insights into Ugandan life and culture through the use of language;
    • To develop listening and comprehension skills in the learner;
    • To prepare students for the practicum period.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • speak, understand, read, and write basic Luganda, enabling students to handle daily tasks and interactions with others (culturally appropriate greetings, introductions, market interactions, relating everyday experiences, asking directions, etc.);
    • function independently in Uganda through knowledge of a primary local language;
    • use the language confidently and effectively in everyday situations;