The Intensive Course provides a solid grammatical foundation for either Bemba or Nyanja. Each day consists of four hours intensive teaching. This course demands a full-time commitment from the participants. It is expected that the students have time in the afternoons for revision and practice.

Chewa Proverb Collection

Cimanga cokazinga cimaonekera opanda mano.
Maize often appears to those who have no teeth.
(Old people who have no teeth cannot eat fried maize any more, but people often give them same. "There is no justice in life". You get things when you have no use of them anymore.)
Proverb No 123 collected by Toon van Kessel
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Bemba Proverb Collection

Ubufumu busheta amenshi.
The chieftainship chews water. (Might is right, even if what it does is wrong or useless. Those in authority are often very cruel and get away with it. Injustice.)
Calola ku muntu uwakuti amona ubukankala atemwa icifulo, atumpa atendeka no kucite fyabule nshila ku mulandu wakuti tapali wakumulesha. Kale calecitika no kucitika ku shamfumu shimo ishakuti pa kunwo bwalwa pali no wakumwikatililako umutete, uushafina na kufina. Na lilya abasungu bacili nabatumpa kuti nga afika pa kamana akashishikile no kushika alafwaya uwakumusunsa na bukalamba butuntulu. Kulya e kusheta amenshi. Kabili capilibula ulufyengo lwa kufyenga umuntu uunakilile atemwa uushikwete mulandu. Ukufyenga umuntu ku kutemwa kwa fye ico tapali wakuti asoseko.'Ukuboko bapoto kumine', 'ibende nalyo balibashila ukutwamo ifyakosa te kutwilamo amenshi.' (from Stephen Mpashi)
Proverb No 1211 collected by Frank Carey
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Language & Culture Courses 2018

Intensive courses Chinyanja and Chibemba

8 weeks

Dates: 13 August - 05 October 2018.

Teaching takes place Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 12:30 hours

Fees: 3500 kwacha. Subject to revision.

Course materials: available at modest price at FENZA

Possibilities of accommodation: inquire from

All aspects of grammar and basic vocabulary are covered.
The course is based on the White Fathers' Intensive language course of N. Salaun (for Nyanja) and Louis Oger (for Bemba).

The White Fathers' language courses are built on solid linguistic foundations and are at the same time very practical. White Fathers have an experience of teaching Zambian languages for more than 100 years.

Course materials include course books, dictionaries, proverbs, handouts and audio CDs (Bemba only).


Welcome to Zambia Programme (5 days)

Dates: 6 - 10 August

Teaching 09:00 - 12:30; 14:00 - 17:00 hours, Monday to Friday.

Fees: 2000 kwacha (subject to revision)

This course gives an overview over Zambian history, economics, politics, the cultural sphere, the religious life. It is not only designed for newcomers to Zambia! Topics:

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