Online Malawi Language Lessons

11 Jun 2020

Got some spare time in lockdown?  Take our #ChichewaChallenge !

Muli Bwanji?!

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is excited to launch our #ChichewaChallenge - challenging our Members to use these summer months in lockdown to learn Chichewa.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or feel you need to brush up your Chichewa, we’re keen to help Members improve their language skills while travel to Malawi isn’t possible due to Covid-19.

There’s never been a better time to learn!

We will deliver online courses based on member needs and uptake.  We have scheduled an initial beginners Chichewa online course for up to ten people, starting on the 11th June at 7pm, with six weekly Thursday evening 45-minute sessions, until 16 July.  But, if there’s interest, we’ll look to organise as many beginners Chichewa courses as we have uptake for.

These courses are perfect for those visiting Malawi as they include not just Chichewa training but also really useful and insightful information and discussions around Malawian culture.  They are led by the brilliant Enock Bamusi and Sarah Niven.

Those taking part in the course will be given copies of a fantastic new 35-page companion booklet for the course.  It covers Malawi culture, Chichewa pronunciation, grammar, vocab and useful phrases. 

This first six-part course is being offered at the special introductory rate of just £60 minimum donation, and just £30 minimum donation for SMP Members. To get the Chichewa Challenge started, we are delighted to start at this heavily subsidized rate – so sign up quickly! [We don’t want this minimum donation to block participation and so if any Members are not able to pay this minimum donation due to financial circumstances, they are asked to make this clear in the ‘Comments’ box in the booking form, and the case will be considered individually]

For those who already speak a little Chichewa, rather than have a formal Zoom course, we have something special: a programme of #ChichewaChats with Malawians based in Scotland and across in Malawi.  These are informal, one-to-one conversations which will help you build confidence, increase your vocabulary and ask any questions you want.  We will look to match you up with a Chichewa-speaking volunteer, most likely a friend in the Malawi diaspora community here in Scotland, or someone in Malawi.

Where possible, we will look to offer a #ChichewaChats programme which will start with a 45-minute group meeting, connecting you with a number of fluent Chichewa speakers and other students, to help build a community of online learning.  With information from this group conversation, and your online registration, we will look to match you with a suitable Chichewa tutor, for three further one-to-one 30-minute conversations.  These will be specifically structured around your needs and interests: a chance to chat informally in Chichewa (at whatever level), building your confidence in a safe environment.

What’s not to love?!

And we haven’t forgotten those who have links with the north of Malawi!  We’re also happy to offer #ChitumbukaChats if there is uptake.

So, to sign up, just CLICK HERE, and give us your details.  Following this link you can:

  • Sign-up for the initial 11 June – 16 July course at this discounted rate (first come first served), or
  • express interest in another formal Chichewa beginners course, or
  • express interest in #ChichewaChats or #ChitumbukaChats.

And if you’re signing up, don’t forget to shout about it on social media, encouraging others to join you using #ChichewaChallenge and #ChichewaChats, tagging @ScotlandMalawi.