That means “Hello, how are you?” in Luganda. If you thought that the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala only takes care of German culture and language, then you are mistaken. “But isn’t the Goethe a German based organization concerning itself with only German stuff?” you may wonder. It is true that the Goethe-Institut headquarters are located in Munich, but the organization is spread worldwide. Goethe-Zentrum Kampala’s core task is to promote Ugandan-German relationships and to build a platform for intercultural dialogue by offering numerous cultural events and language courses throughout the year.
Now the easiest conclusion would be to assume that the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala offers courses in German. Although we offer an abundance of courses in German at beginners’ and advanced levels, we also offer courses in local languages. How else could we name ourselves the Ugandan German Cultural Society? As a cultural organization we also want to offer our students opportunities to learn more languages than German, to expand their cultural knowledge and to foster intercultural relations. The Goethe-Zentrum Kampala currently offers language courses in both Luganda and Kiswahili. Learning Luganda will help you to feel a closer connection to your Ugandan friends and family. On top of that, Kiswahili is the lingua franca of many Eastern and South-Eastern African countries and learning it will enable you to communicate in something other than English when visiting these countries. It’s also the language of communication in the armed forces and the UWA rangers, so is useful in the parks!
We offer Luganda and Kiswahili courses for both beginners and advanced learners. Classes take place four times per week for a duration of ten weeks. The next terms starts on 3rd July, registration on 13th June. The course fee is 300.000 UGX, including course books and material. So if you ever despaired of finding a good Luganda or Kiswahili course in Kampala, fret no more! The following quotes from our students show that is it an inspiring adventure:
“Learning Luganda really helped me to connect to my Ugandan friends. They are happy that you make an effort to communicate with them in something that is not English!“
“Kiswahili is such an interesting language to learn! It’s actually not as hard as I thought. And telling people you can speak Kiswahili is definitely a way to spice up a party and make yourself more interesting.”
In this spirit:
Mujje tusome atte tuyige oluganda — You are all welcome to come and learn Luganda at Goethe-Zentrum Kampala.
Physical address: Plot 52, Bukoto Street, Kamwokya