Zulu Phrases

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Zulu Phrases

Learning the Zulu Phrases is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Zulu language. But first we need to know what the role of Phrases is in the structure of the grammar in Zulu.

Zulu phrases are a group of words functioning as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. Here are some examples:

English PhrasesZulu Phrases
Hello, to one personSawubona
Hello, to a group of peopleSanibonani
How are you (sing.)? / How are you (pl.)?Unjani? / Ninjani?
I'm okay / We're okayNgisaphila / Sisaphila
Thanks (a lot)Ngiyabonga (kakhulu)
What is your name?Ngubani igama lakho?
My name is...Igama lami ngu...
What's the time?Isikhathi sithini?
Can I help you?Ngingakusiza?
Where do you stay?Uhlala kuphi?
Where are you from?Uphumaphi?
Go well / Stay well (used as goodbye)Hamba kahle / Sala kahle
Go well / Stay well, to a group of peopleHambani kahle / Salani kahle
Wow! Eish!
No! / Stop! / No way! (used in South African English too)Hhayibo
YesYebo
NoCha
I don't knowAngazi
Do you speak English?Ukhuluma isiNgisi na?
I've just started learning ZuluNgisaqala ukufunda isiZulu

Notice the structure of the Phrases in Zulu.

List of Phrases in Zulu

Below is a list of the phrases and daily expressions in Zulu placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Zulu vocabulary.

English PhrasesZulu Phrases
Good/ Bad/ So-So.Kuhle / Kubi
Big/ SmallKukhulu / Kuncane
Today/ NowNamhlanje / Manje
Tomorrow/ YesterdayKusasa / Izolo
Yes/ NoYebo / Cha
Here you go! (when giving something)Nazo-ke!
Do you like it?Uyakuthanda na?
I really like it!Ngiyakuthanda ngempela!
I'm hungry/ thirsty.Ngilambile. / Ngomile!
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night.Ekuseni / kusihlwa / ebusuku
This/ That. Here/ThereLokhu / lokho. Lapha / Lapho.
Me/ You. Him/ Her.Mina / wena. Yena / yena.
Really!Ngempela!
Look!Bheka!
Hurry up!Jahela!
What? Where?Yini? Ngaphi?
What time is it?Sikhathi sini?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm.Isikhathi ngu10. Isikhathi ngu7.30 kusihlwa.
Give me this!Ngibize le!
I love you!Ngiyakuthanda!
I feel sick.Ngiyagula.
I need a doctorNgidinga udokotela.
One, Two, Threekunye, isibili, kuthathu
Four, Five, Sixokune, isihlanu, isithupha
Seven, Eight, Nine, Tenisikhombisa, isishiyagalombili, isishiyagalolunye, ishumi

Phrases and daily expressions have a very important role in Zulu. Once you're done with the isiZulu Phrases, you might want to check the rest of our Zulu lessons here: Learn Zulu. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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