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First African languages bilingual dictionaries for young learners

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Giveaways, Just Kids, Reading | 2 comments

Almost three-quarters of South Africa’s emergent literacy learners cannot read for meaning in their home language by the end of Grade 3. The main reason being that these young learners have weak language skills and lack sufficient vocabulary and grammar knowledge to make sense of what they are reading. Education being primarily in English – a 2nd or even 3rd language to most – is a big contributing factor. Becoming actively and critically literate calls for more than “rote repetition” and this is why resources such as the Oxford African languages bilingual dictionaries are so important.

learning an african language where to start

The Oxford African languages bilingual dictionaries are made especially for kids up to Grade 4!

These dictionaries are like none we’ve ever seen. Filled with pages of colourful, richly illustrated relatable themes aimed at grabbing the attention of little eyes. My body, clothes, colours, numbers, food, animals, my family, growing things, the weather, simple greetings and farewells are just a few of the popular topics used to introduce new words and also to “recycle” vocabulary and language structure in a meaningful context.

Learning is further enriched (and made fun) with fun activities and puzzles to solve. Read-aloud stories to enjoy, reference pages, pronunciation guides and lovable characters to get conversations started. Kids will see themselves in these illustrations. All races and even learners with special needs are included.

Other helpful features include:
  • Themes link with the CAPS curriculum for Foundation Phase (Just for the teachers that might be reading this).
  • Basic high-frequency words needed to get kids talking are highlighted.
  • Phrases and example sentences show learners how to use new words in context.
  • A bilingual glossary and index page helps with ease of use while also growing vocabulary and supporting understanding. It also teaches little ones how to use a dictionary.
african language dictionary for kids

More about the Oxford African languages bilingual dictionaries

  • The series includes 6 dictionaries
  • Available languages include: English + isiZulu, English + isiXhosa, English + Afrikaans, English + Sestotho sa Ledoa, English + Setswana and English + Sesotho.
  • Buy from leading bookstores or online via at a RRP of R149.95
my first dictionary

We enjoy our set so much and want to share one with YOU too!

In an effort to learn more about the many incredible cultures we share our rainbow nation with, our family is making an effort to learn the basics of a few African languages. First up, Setswana, then Zulu and who knows what next. These dictionaries are coming in very handy as we all learn a 3rd language together. Do you want to join us too?

oxford first bilingual dictionaries in african languages

Win your own set of 6 Oxford African languages bilingual dictionaries!!!

How to enter

There are THREE ways to enter! Complete one of these steps OR all of them to gain more chances of winning!

  1. Leave your comment HERE telling us what your home language is. OR
  2. Visit our Instagram account. Follow the instructions under this post
  3. Visit our Facebook page. Follow the instructions under this post.


  1. Only entries via Instagram and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition is only open to South African residents residing in South Africa. 
  4. Winners must be 18+ years old.
  5. This competition closes on the 26th of September 2021.
  6.  Winner is picked at random and announced after the 26th of September 2021 via IG as well as this blogpost.
  7. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  8. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  9. The greatest care is taken when mailing your prize but neither Just a Mamma nor Oxford Press accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

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  1. Carol-Ann Jewell


  2. Marina Knoetze

    Love to win for my grandson Cayden
    Home language Afrikaans


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