There Are 11 Official Languages in South Africa. Here’s How They’re Making It Work.

As the world prepares to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day tomorrow, it’s worthwhile to revisit one of the man’s most famous observations: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Indeed, language isn’t simply the way we communicate with one another—it’s an expression of our heritage and cultural identity. And in a culturally diverse nation like South Africa, where there are 11 official languages, the complex reality of extreme multilingualism’s impact on literacy and civic engagement mirrors some of the more sensitive questions facing the nation 20 years after apartheid’s end.  Read the full story on GOOD

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