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Computers Are Neither Male Nor Female

E-ads or online ads?
We have e-commerce, right?It follows that we should call online advertisements e-ads.

Having said that, let’s look at banks and their devious ways.They believe that only men are their customers. That is why they have these ads with the man in the house punching the computer while the woman looks adoringly at him. Banks are right about one thing, computers and other electronic devices control our lives: how and when we pay the auto loan, hydro, credit card, buy winter boots etc.It is called e-commerce, e-love or e-everything, because it happens in these devices.
However, these e-ads where it is the man operating the computer, are way off base.Computers are gender neutral.There is no male or female. Banks hire advertising agencies to handle their accounts and they come up with suggestions.

Why is it that banks never question why it is only men that are computer-savvy at home?Women only control computers in bank ads when they have their own business. Such ads are unrealist…
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Reminder Physical or Emotional Pain in Zulu

Disturbing a wound in thu-nu-ka in Zulu.
Feeling pain is ku-buhlungu.When someone dies, we tell the family ku-buhlungu.When people lose jobs, we say ku-buhlungu.We cannot teach you how to say that in Zulu because there is no equivalent English sound for -hlu-.

U-bu-hlu-ngu is different from disturbing existing pain like a wound or recovering from someone who stood you up at the altar with 200 guests waiting and debts that will take years to pay.

Thu-nu-ka is disturbing a previous pain.Man breaks a leg while skiing in Vemdalen, Sweden.His kids play with his cast, writing their names and drawing emoji’s.His wife scolds them that they are disturbing the pain: Ni-ya-mthunuka. Thunuka. You say the first part like tool, the second like nook and the last one like Kamala Harris, one of the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates.

ZULU ENGLISH Thunukile. A girl’s name meaning her birth reminds the family of previous pain. Thu-nu is the short version. Bathunukile. A girl’s name meaning her birth reminds many p…

Weddings Seating Dilemma

Drama at wedding seating arrangements.

So, you’ve decided on a spring wedding? No problem, love is in the air or you’ve accepted an arranged marriage proposal.The problem is managing your family at the sit-down dinner, managing, because family is not monochrome. Siblings carry the same surname and religion, but they come in different ages, temperament, economic circumstances, education, culture arrogance and where they live at the time of your wedding.
These categories are no help either, for example, putting married couples at the same table might come with a nasty surprise where a couple announces a divorce.Also, married women that are not allowed to breathe a word at home dread wedding seating arrangements that reinforce their nonentity existence.

But married women have no trauma compared to your single girlfriends or divorcees.They feel their unicorn status more in social gatherings such as weddings and parties, where some married women regard them as potential rivals and cling to hu…

Build in Zulu

To build is -kha- in Zulu.

A-kha means build, you build.A-kha-ni is you (many people) build. Building presupposes that you have the right to put up a structure.There were no title deeds in Africa in the olden days.The chief or king held the land in trust for the people.He gave you a piece of land to build some structure and grow some crops.

It is also about neighbourliness.In ancient Africa, people said sakhile ezweni (we have built on our land).Your neighbours were important because they shared your joy and pain.You did not call 911 when your wife had a difficult pregnancy.You sent a child to fetch a neighbour or the midwife.

In the olden days, girls were brought up to get married and build a home for their husbands and kids.That was their career path, period. In Europe and North America, kids learn to play alone.Colourful blocks are favourite toys.Parents buy them for their kids so that they can build skyscrapers, schools, cars, trains etc.
A-kha.The first part is pronounced like art, t…

Pretending to be Busy in Zulu

A translation dilemma!

·to act busy is di-di-ze-la in zulu.
·to be really busy is also di-di-ze-la. Which one should we use for this lesson?My mother’s.She used to watch my shenanigans at being busy and she would ask me.

Nonqaba wenzani?Uyadidizela nje.Angiboni ukuthi wenzani.

(Nonqaba, what are you doing?You are acting busy.What exactly are you doing?)  Haayi!You can never fool the woman who carried you in her belly for nine months and risked her life to bring you into this world in one piece.Women still die in childbirth, unfortunately.
We’ll start with the positive.Monsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair is one of my favourite classics because preparations for the wedding remind me of Africa: relatives arriving from afar, being sent to fetch them from the train station or airport, massive pots to cook for the masses, brewing African beer, cousins running around, aunts cooking and trying to understand elders and their eccentrics. My favourite moments with baba-mkhulu, ma’s dad was his quest…

Meghan Markle's Son Commonwealth

Commonwealth.

That is the most appropriate name for Meghan Markle’s son because his father is the descendant of a family that exercises what is called the divine right of kings, which led to the invasion and subsequent ownership of people who do not look like that family. We don’t know Commonwealth’s last name because his parents are not referred to as Mr. and Mrs. somebody.We also don’t know if they have a social security number or pay tax.

What we know is that Commonwealth’s parents are globe-trotters because the sun never sets on what was known as the British Empire, with tentacles reaching Africa, Australia, Caribbean, Hong Kong, India, North America, New Zealand and everywhere where the British navy landed, took the land through the barrel of the gun, imprisoned local kings, instituted British education to drive the money economy, shaved kids’ heads because their kind of hair supposedly had lice, punished them for speaking African languages and annihilated African culture using the…

Guts in Zulu

Courage is i-si-bi-ndi in Zulu.

Lost in translation.That is what we have here.Maybe we should say i-si-bi-ndi means guts. Courage and bravery might be twin sisters because the outcome is something good/positive. Family encourages someone about to have an operation to have courage.Be brave.People who have lost everything in a fire, tsunami or hurricane are brave because they still hope for a better tomorrow. Women are brave because they give birth.Some die in the process.

However, i-si-bi-ndi is more than courage or bravery. It is having the guts to do something bad, which might be criminal or against society’s norms. I-si-bi-ndi is carrying drugs to Thailand because they don’t play.They will throw you in jail and throw away the key.Forget about your embassy in Bangkok.It won’t save you.

Being a drug mule to Thailand or any other country requires i-si-bi-ndi because of the consequences.If you are lucky, you will be deported.If you are not, you will languish in jail because you did not revea…