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Experience hosted by Griffin

2.5 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 6 people
Includes food

What you'll do

We meet at Bridge Books, where Thabiso starts the class with introductions -- learning how to introduce each other in isiZulu, and also in tsotsi taal -- the urban slang that most people in Joburg actually use every day.

Once everyone has had a chance to practice that, we move onto the main course! Literally. We'll learn about food and drink in isiZulu, including traditional meals, modern foods and snacks, and street food.

That also includes how to buy food -- ordering food, paying for it, and getting change.

Then we take a short break.

Next we walk four blocks to the Joubert Street market, where we practice our new skills by buying some snacks, and sitting down at our favourite street food stall to sample local eats.

Don't worry if you have dietary restrictions. You don't have to eat anything you don't want to! And there's plenty of veg options.

After that we go back to Bridge Books and practice our farewells.
 
Other things to note
We only take you to eat at places where we eat ourselves, and which have health certificates. We can wash hands at the book store, and that will actually be part of the meal. It does get hot, so you may want sunblock or a hat. In the event of heavy rain, we'll bring food into the store.
We meet at Bridge Books, where Thabiso starts the class with introductions -- learning how to introduce each other in isiZulu, and also in tsotsi taal -- the urban slang that most people in Joburg actually use every day.

Once everyone has had a chance to practice that, we move onto the main course! Literally. We'll learn about food and drink in isiZulu, including traditional meals, modern foods and snacks, and street food.

What's included

  • Food
    We'll pay for the snacks in the market. You'll just need to ask for them --...

Meet your host, Griffin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Griffin is an expert in informal markets and in promoting indigenous languages in Johannesburg. He's finishing a PhD on how street trading works in Joburg. He also runs Bridge Books, a unique little downtown bookstore that focuses on African literature, and with books in all 11 official languages. He's also written about street food for CNN.com, High Life magazine, and other publications.

Thabiso is a social activist, musician, and bookseller. He loves Zulu literature, and exploring the beauty of the language in his lyrics. He loves teaching others to appreciate Zulu in ways that are fun and practical.
Griffin is an expert in informal markets and in promoting indigenous languages in Johannesburg. He's finishing a PhD on how street trading works in Joburg. He also runs Bridge Books, a unique little downtown bookstore that focuses on African literature, and with books in all 11 official languages. He's also written about street food for CNN.com, High Life magazine, and other publications.

Thabiso is a social activist, musician, and bookseller. He loves Zulu literature, and exploring t…
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Where you'll be

Bridge Books: We'll be having the class at our store in the historic Rand Club building, which was built in 1904. The entrance to Bridge Books is on the Commissioner Street side of the building. The doormen will be waiting to direct you.

Joubert Street market: This market is next to a park that is an anchor of the new Literary District. We love it because of all the booksellers who work here, but there's also some really great food.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Please bring a notebook and something to write with