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

Konse-konse mpeni wa nsengwa.
Everywhere sharp is the knife of a basket.
(When making a basket, the knife is moved upwards and sidewards, and downwards. Helping too must go in all directions: I have to help others, but others have to help me in their turn.)
Proverb No 314 collected by Toon van Kessel
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Bemba Proverb Collection

Kashiishi waingile lilali? (Naingile) / (lilya) mpundu shicili ubuluba / mu buluba.
You worm when did you come in? I entered when the 'mpundu' fruits were still blossom.
Mune iwe bamwano imibele yabo ubusuma, ni lilali mwabafundile imibele isuma? Lintu baali abaice, nanombaliine ncili ndebafunda. Pantu batiila uuli nawishi takula. (2.50)
Proverb No 670 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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