The Sound of the Khoekhoe / Nama Language (Numbers, Phrases & Story)
Khoekhoe / Nama (Khoekhoegowab)
Khoekhoe is a Khoe languages spoken by approximately 250,000 people in parts of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. It is spoken by three groups of people: the Nama (Khoekhoen), Damar and Haiǁom. The language is also known as Nama.
Khoekhoe is a national language in Nambia, and is used in education at all levels, as well as on the radio. There are also Khoekhoe radio programmes in South Africa.
In the past the term Hottentot was used to refer to the Khoekhoe language and those who spoke it. This name was coined by early Dutch settlers, who, upon hearing the language spoken, thought that all the natives were saying was 'hot' and 'tot'. It is now considered pejorative and is no longer used.
The first European to study the Khoekhoe language was Georg Friedricj Wreede, who arrived in Cape Town in 1659.
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