Funagalo is a rare cross-cultural language of instruction based on the indigenous language Zulu, rather than that of the coloniser. Funagalo is Basic Zulu.

Funagalo itself means “do it like this.” It is minimalist, functional and without emotion. And that, in a nutshell is what I think this site will be: Notes (mostly to self) on how to execute some ideas. In Simple English.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency author McCall Smith tells us that “Funagalo, a language invented for giving instructions in African mines, is good for telling people what to do: it has many words for push, take, carry, load, and no words for happiness.”

Please forgive me if I occasionally express some pleasure in the outcome of my projects!

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