Duolingo is arguably the best free online language learning platform available. Duolingo can be used through its website or mobile app.
The selection of languages on Duolingo has been fairly limited, but it is quality over quantity. When writing my previous blog post about on-line language learning, I certainly did not imagine a Duolingo Swahili course to be reality only a year later!
Google Translate, while not nearly as accurate as a professional translator would be, comes handy as it can translate chunks of text in no time and for free. Errors aside, the reader will likely understand most of the translated text right way.
Google Translate expanded last month, when three new African languages were added among others, so the service can now translate ten native African languages. These are : Amharic, Chichewa (Nyanja), Igbo, Shona, Somali, Sotho (Sesotho), Swahili, Zulu, Yoruba and Xhosa. According to Wikipedia, Kinyarwanda and Wolof are under development. In addition, Google Translate includes most foreign-derived languages spoken in various parts of the continent, including Afrikaans, Arabic, French and Portuguese.
South African universities are ranked the best in Africa, and some do well even at global scale. But these universities need funds to keep up the standards. As it happens, much of the funding comes from the students through tuition fees. South African Universities have proposed fee increases of up to 12% next year.
Unsurprisingly, this has not gone well with the students. Many universities in South Africa were forced to close down due to recent FeesMustFall demonstrations. These include highly regarded institutions like Wits University and University of Cape Town.
African universities have recently been ranked by the Times Higher Education foundation, who recently released a TOP-30 list of African universities. South African universities lead the list, as eleven out of Top 20 African universities are from South Africa. According to the ranking, University of Cape Town (UCT) is the best university in Africa, followed by Wits University in Johannesburg and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The 20 best universities are listed below: