This is my imaginitive drawing and painting of a TOWNSHIP somewhere in Africa.
Waterpaint and ink on 120gsm paper.
(done for drawing Day: 4 June 2011)

on 30 April 2013 to Heather Thorsen from Denmark. Thanks so much Heather!
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ERKENNING in Afrikaans is my Moedertaal
30 Junie 2011.
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6 June 2011.
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A mounted print
I love languages and include the following list of slang borrowings from the Nguni languages (which include Zulu and Xhosa). They typically occur in use in South Africa’s townships, but some have become increasingly popular amongst white youth. Unless otherwise noted these words do not occur in formal South African English.
chaina – my mate (from Zulu, ‘my nephew’); umshana
chaile – time to go home
cocopan – small tip truck on rails used in mines (from Nguni nqukumbana, Scotch cart)
donga – ditch of the type found in South African topography. (From Zulu, “wall”; this has become a mainstream word for such a feature.)
eish! – an interjection expressing resignation (very popular!)
fundi – expert (from Nguni ‘umfundisi’ meaning teacher or preacher) – used in mainstream South African English
gogo – grandmother, elderly woman (from Zulu, ugogo)
haw! – expression of disbelief
hhayibo! – wow! (from Zulu, ‘definitely not’)
indaba – conference (from Zulu, ‘a matter for discussion’); has become a mainstream word in South African English
inyanga – traditional herbalist and healer (compare with sangoma)
jova – injection, to inject (from Zulu)
laduma! – a popular cheer at soccer matches, “he scores!” (literally: “it thunders”, in Zulu)
muti – medicine (from Zulu umuthi) – typically traditional African
Mzansi – South Africa (uMzantsi in Xhosa means “south”)
sangoma – traditional healer or diviner
shongololo (also spelt shongalolo) – millipede (from Zulu and Xhosa, ukushonga, ‘to roll up’)
spaza – an informal trading-post/convenience store found in townships and remote areas
toyi-toyi – protest-dancing; used in mainstream South African English
tsotsi – gangster, layabout, no gooder
ubuntu – compassion or kindness, humanity
yebo – Zulu meaning yes
wena – Zulu meaning “you”. Commonly used in a sentence “Haw wena!”

A card

A laminated print

A framed print


township, life, waterpaint, zulu, xhosa, south africa, houses, streets, people, buildings, elizabeth kendall

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Eish! Who can beat this? It’s absolutely great Liz, beautiful depiction of township life! The spaza must be just around the corner…. Beautiful work Chaina!

  • Ngiyabonga Gogo!…also for the fav! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 3 years ago

    Fabulous painting Liz. Really love your use of colour and how you have depicted everyday life. Superb x

  • Thanks so much Angie, I really enjoy painting colourful pics like these. Your warmhearted words and fav are so inspiring! Thanks. x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Laduma Liz!! Delightful image and thanks for the dictionary corner. Alma xxx

  • Thanks so much Alma! ( We are online at the same time, wonderful!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Thanks for the fav, appreciation always! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Isn’t it mind blowing to think that we are worlds apart physically and yet moments apart in thought. I love that. I don’t know whether you have Skype but it is a great invention. Small camera above your screen and connected to the internet, all international calls are free and we can see and chat to each other. We regularly chat to our friends in Australia. Alma xx

  • Yes, I do! Absolutely wonderful especially for children who are far away! I just looked at your granddaughter and the horse again and my thoughts were just the same as yours! xx

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Absolutely GREAT news Francis! Thank you for the feature, I’m thrilled to bits!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on this feature Liz, great stuff!

  • Thanks ever so much Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 3 years ago

    Pragtige kleurvol, soos ook ons land!

  • Baie dankie Rina, groot geniet hierdie! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    I like the simplicity of this, your colors and the general character. Nicely done!

  • Thanks so much Marriet, I appreciate your encouraging words!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    Where the history of the man begins.

  • True! Thanks so much Tokiko!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    JUNE 5th, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thanks so much Mary, this is wonderful news!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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