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Zulu Phrasebook

Zulu Phrasebook

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A useful collection of words and phrases to travellers in Zulu-speaking areas.

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  • uyakwazi ukukhuluma isiZulu?

    can you speak isiZulu?

  • uyasazi isiZulu?

    do you know isiZulu?

  • Cha, angisazi

    No, I can't

  • Ngisafunda ukukhuluma isiZulu

    I am still learning

  • Yebo, ngiyasikhuluma

    Yes, I can speak it

  • Nikhulumani ekhaya?

    What do you speak at home?

  • Sikhuluma isiBhunu

    We speak Afrikaans

  • Angizwa

    I don't understand

  • Awuphinde

    Please repeat

  • Ngiyaxolisa

    Sorry

  • Awukhulume kancane

    Please speak slowly

  • Angiqondi kahle

    I don't understand

  • Uyamazi uJohn?

    Do you know John?

  • Yebo ngiyamazi

    Yes, I do know him

  • Cha, angimazi

    No, I don't know him

  • Ungumhlobo muni?

    What nationality are you?

  • Ungowasiphi isizwe?

    What nation are you from?

  • NgiyiMelika

    I am an American

  • Umama

    Mother

  • Letha

    Bring

  • Bheka

    Look

  • Siza

    Help

  • Bona

    See

  • Ukudla

    Food

  • Upelepele

    Pepper, chillies

  • Pheka

    Cook

  • Itiye

    Tea

  • Thatha

    Take

  • Umakoti

    Bride

  • Ukufika

    To arrive

  • Ikhanda

    Head (human)

  • Hlala

    Sit, stay

  • Dlala

    Play

  • Cela

    Ask for, please

  • Qala

    Start

  • Xoxa

    Chat, discuss

  • Cabanga

    Think

  • Chitha

    Spill

  • Ncenga

    Plead

  • Gcina

    End

  • Ngcolisa

    Dirty

  • Qeda

    Complete

  • Isinqumo

    Decision

  • Umugqa

    Line, row

  • Ngqongqoza

    Knock

  • Xabana

    Argue

  • iXhosa

    Xhosa person

  • Nxese

    Sorry

  • Gxuma

    Jump

  • Ingxoxo

    Conversation

  • Sawubona

    Hello (to one)

  • Sanibona

    Hello (to many)

  • Unjani?

    How are you? (to one)

  • Ninjani?

    How are you? (to many)

  • Ngisaphila

    I am still fine

  • Sikhona

    We are fine

  • Wena unjani?

    And how are you?

  • Nina ninjani?

    And how are all of you?

  • Nami ngiyaphila

    I am also fine

  • Nathi sikhona

    We are also fine

  • Kuhle

    Good

  • Ngiyajabula ukuzwa lokho

    I am pleased to hear that

  • Kade ngakugcina

    I haven't seen you for a long time

  • Mehlomadala

    Long time no see

  • Hamba kahle

    Go well (to one)

  • Hambani kahle

    Go well (to many)

  • Sala kahle

    Stay well (to one)

  • Salani kahle

    Stay well (to many)

  • Sizobonana kusasa

    We will see each other tomorrow

  • Phila

    Well

  • Gula

    Ill

  • Buza

    Ask question

  • Zwa

    Hear/ understand

  • Jabula

    to be happy

  • Sala

    Stay/ remain

  • Hamba

    Go

  • Kusasa

    Tomorrow

  • Namhlanje

    Today

  • Ekhaya

    At home

  • Umkami

    My wife

  • Kodwa

    But

  • Dabuka

    Sad

  • Umkhuhlane

    Cold

  • Namuhla

    Today

  • Kunjani ekhaya?

    How is everybody at home?

  • Ukubingelela

    Greeting/ to greet

  • Mnumzane

    Sir

  • Nkosikazi

    Madam (married woman)

  • Madoda

    men

  • Mfowethu

    my brother

  • Mngane wami

    my friend

  • Mfana

    Boy

  • Baba

    less formal for older man

  • Ma

    less formal for older lady

  • makhosikazi

    ladies

  • dadewethu

    my sister

  • mntanami

    my child

  • ntombazane

    young girl

  • yiba nesibindi

    have a liver, take heart/ courage

  • phethwe

    controlled by

  • thenga

    buy

  • amaphilisi

    pills

  • ubaba

    father

  • umyeni

    husband

  • umntwana

    child

  • ave kulula

    isn't that easy

  • yiba nosuku oluhle

    have a nice day

  • Igama lami uRachelle

    My name is Rachelle

  • Ubani igama lakho?

    What is your name?

  • Ngubani elakho?

    What is yours?

  • Ubani isibongo sakho?

    What is your surname?

  • Isibongo sami uLittle

    My surname is Little

  • Nangu uJohn

    This is John

  • Nangu umngane wami uJohn

    This is my friend, John

  • Naba abangane bami, uAnna noKenzie

    Here are my friends, Anna and Kenzie

  • Ngiyajabula ukukwazi

    I am pleased to know you

  • Ngithokoza ulwazi

    I enjoy the knowledge

  • Uphumaphi?

    Where do you come from?

  • Ngiphuma eKhanada

    I come from Canada

  • Ngiphuma phesheya

    I come from overseas

  • Uhlalaphi?

    Where do you live?

  • Ngihlala eMgungundlovu

    I live in Pietmaritzburg

  • Sithini isithakazelo sakho?

    What is your praise name?

  • Singu

    It is

  • Dlovu

    Elephant

  • Lami

    Mine

  • ifu

    cloud

  • ukuza

    come

  • idada

    duck

  • vala

    close

  • vula

    open

  • isisu

    stomach

  • hhola

    earn

  • tshala

    plant

  • uju

    honey

  • klwebha

    scratch

  • ibhubesi

    lion

  • bheka

    look

  • umgodi

    hole

  • umuzi

    homestead

  • bhala

    write

  • uku

    to

  • Sengididekile

    Now i am confused

  • Khululeka

    relax

  • Kuzolunga

    It will all be ok

  • Lapha

    here

  • Lapho

    there

  • laphaya

    yonder

  • landa

    fetch

  • hlakula

    weed

  • khipha

    take out

  • chela

    water

  • faka

    put (in)

  • tshala

    plant

  • sika

    cut

  • lahla

    throw away

  • mba

    dig

  • buyisa

    return (bring back)

  • ya

    go to

  • phela

    finish

  • fa/ file

    die, dead

  • hluma

    sprout

  • khahlela

    bloom

  • limala

    get hurt

  • anele

    enough

  • susa

    remove

  • ifosholo/ amafosholo

    shovel

  • isipedi/ izipedi

    spade

  • igeja/ amageja

    amageja

  • ithumbu/ amathumbu

    hosepipe

  • ireki/ amareki

    rake

  • umpompi/ ompompi

    tap

  • isikelo/ izikelo

    shears/ scissors

  • utshani

    grass

  • ukhula

    weeds

  • umquba

    compost

  • inhlabathi

    soil

  • imbali/ izimbali

    flower

  • umgodi/ imigodi

    hole

  • ikhasi/ amakhasi

    leaf

  • isihlahla/ izihlahla

    shrub

  • imbewu/ izimbewu

    seeds

  • amanzi

    water

  • ibhala/ amabhala

    wheelbarrow

  • gljima

    run

  • hleka

    laugh

  • geza

    wash

  • funda

    read

  • khala

    cry

  • phuma

    come from/ exit

  • lalela

    listen

  • cula

    sing

  • khuluma

    talk

  • akha

    make

  • deka

    set/ lay

  • sula

    wipe/ dry dishes

  • beka

    put (down)/ away

  • shanela

    sweep

  • dasida

    dust

  • neka

    hang up

  • ayina

    iron

  • endlala

    make up bed

  • cwecwa

    peel

  • phuka

    break

  • azi

    know

  • khohla

    forget

  • bonga

    thank

  • funa

    want/ look for

  • thanda

    like/ love

  • sebenza

    work

  • osa

    roast/ toast/ fry/ grill

  • enza

    do/ doing a job (also use when "making" tea)

  • itiye/ amatiye

    tea

  • ikhofi/ amakhofi

    coffee

  • iqanda/ amaqanda

    egg

  • izambane/ amazambane

    potato

  • ubhonntshisi/ obhontshisi

    beans

  • inyama/ izinyama

    meat

  • ithanga/ amathanga

    pumpkin

  • irayisi

    rice

  • ushukela

    sugar

  • ikamelo/ amakamelo

    room

  • ingubo/ izingubo

    dress/ clothes

  • umbhede/ imibhede

    bed

  • insipho/ izinsipho

    soap

  • inkomishi/ izinkomishi

    cup

  • uthuli/ izintuli

    dust

  • ummese/ imimese

    knife

  • umsebenzi/ imisebenzi

    work

  • isitsha/ izitsha

    dish

  • itafula/ amatafula

    table

  • ngiyabonga

    thank you

  • angazi

    i don't know

  • ngikhohliwe

    i have forgotten

  • kuphelile

    it is finished

  • ngiqedile

    i have finished

  • kuphukile

    it is broken

  • kufile

    it is dead/ broken

  • ngicela uxolo

    i ask for forgiveness

  • usuku

    a day

  • ekuseni

    in the morning

  • emini

    midday

  • ntambama

    in the afternoon

  • entshonalanga

    sunset

  • langa

    sun

  • ebusuku

    at night

  • izinsuku

    progression of days

  • ngomhlomunye

    day after tomorrow

  • izolo

    yesterday

  • kuthangi

    day before yesterday

  • manje

    now

  • ngoMsombuluko

    on Monday

  • ngoLwesibili

    on tuesday

  • ngoLwesithathu

    on wednesday

  • ngoLwesine

    on Thursday

  • ngoLwesihlanu

    on friday

  • ngoMgqibelo

    on saturday

  • ngeSonto

    on sunday

  • ngempelasonto

    over the weekend

  • sonto

    week

  • pela

    finish/ complete

  • buya

    return

  • nika

    give

  • cinga

    search for

  • fika

    arrive/ come

  • phumula

    rest

  • phuza

    drink

  • umuntu/ abantu

    person

  • incwadi/ izincwadi

    letter/ book

  • amakhaya

    the home

  • futhi

    also/ and

  • -phi

    where

  • -ni

    what

  • nini

    when

  • ubani

    who

  • za

    come

  • bese

    and then

  • zama

    try

  • imali

    money

  • umnyango

    door

  • ungena

    to enter

  • qhubeka

    continue