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Numbers in Zulu are quite complex, with them all acting as adjectives that alter the subsequent word. the numbers listed below are the traditional Zulu numbers, but virtually all Zulu speakers use the English counting system for convenience.
 
Numbers in Zulu are quite complex, with them all acting as adjectives that alter the subsequent word. the numbers listed below are the traditional Zulu numbers, but virtually all Zulu speakers use the English counting system for convenience.
  
zero- iqanda (<br />
+
zero - iqanda (<br />
  
one- kunye<br />
+
one - kunye<br />
  
two- kubili<br />
+
two - kubili<br />
  
three- kuthathu<br />
+
three - kuthathu<br />
  
four- kune<br />
+
four - kune<br />
  
five- isihlanu<br />
+
five - isihlanu<br />
  
six- isithupha<br />
+
six - isithupha<br />
  
seven-isikhombisa<br />
+
seven - isikhombisa<br />
  
eight- isishiyagalombili<br />
+
eight - isishiyagalombili<br />
  
nine- isishiyagalolunye<br />
+
nine - isishiyagalolunye<br />
  
ten- ishumi<br />
+
ten - ishumi<br />
  
eleven- ishumi nanye<br />
+
eleven - ishumi nanye<br />
  
twelve- ishumi nambili<br />
+
twelve - ishumi nambili<br />
  
thirteen-ishumi nantathu<br />
+
thirteen - ishumi nantathu<br />
  
fourteen- ishumi nane<br />
+
fourteen - ishumi nane<br />
  
fifteen- ishumi nesihlanu<br />
+
fifteen - ishumi nesihlanu<br />
  
sixteen- ishumi nesithupha<br />
+
sixteen - ishumi nesithupha<br />
  
seventeen- ishumi nesikhombisa<br />
+
seventeen - ishumi nesikhombisa<br />
  
eighteen- ishumi nesishiyagalombili<br />
+
eighteen - ishumi nesishiyagalombili<br />
  
nineteen- ishumi nesishiyagalolunye<br />
+
nineteen - ishumi nesishiyagalolunye<br />
  
twenty- amashumi amabili <br />
+
twenty - amashumi amabili <br />
  
twenty-one amashumi amabili nanye<br />
+
twenty-one - amashumi amabili nanye<br />
  
twenty-two amashumi amabili nambili <br />
+
twenty-two - amashumi amabili nambili <br />
  
twenty-three amashumi amabili nantathu<br />
+
twenty-three - amashumi amabili nantathu<br />
  
twenty-four amashumi amabili nane<br />
+
twenty-four - amashumi amabili nane<br />
  
twenty-five- amashumi amabili nesihlanu<br />
+
twenty-five - amashumi amabili nesihlanu<br />
  
twenty-six amashumi amabili nesithupha<br />
+
twenty-six - amashumi amabili nesithupha<br />
  
twenty-seven- amashumi amabili nesikhombisa<br />
+
twenty-seven - amashumi amabili nesikhombisa<br />
  
twenty-eight amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili <br />
+
twenty-eight - amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili <br />
  
twenty-nine- amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye<br />
+
twenty-nine - amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye<br />
  
thirty- amashumi amathathu<br />
+
thirty - amashumi amathathu<br />
  
forty- amashumi amane<br />
+
forty - amashumi amane<br />
  
fifty- amashumi amahlanu<br />
+
fifty - amashumi amahlanu<br />
  
sixty- amashumi ayisithupha<br />
+
sixty - amashumi ayisithupha<br />
  
seventy- amashumi ayisikhombisa<br />
+
seventy - amashumi ayisikhombisa<br />
  
eighty- amashumi ayisishiyagalombili<br />
+
eighty - amashumi ayisishiyagalombili<br />
  
ninety- amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye <br />
+
ninety - amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye <br />
  
hundred- ikhulu <br />
+
hundred - ikhulu <br />
  
hundred and one- ikhulu nanye<br />
+
one hundred one - ikhulu nanye<br />
  
hundred and two ikhulu nambili <br />
+
one hundred two - ikhulu nambili <br />
  
two hundred- amakhulu amabili <br />
+
two hundred - amakhulu amabili <br />
  
three hundred- amakhulu amathathu<br />
+
three hundred - amakhulu amathathu<br />
  
four hundred- amakhulu amane<br />
+
four hundred - amakhulu amane<br />
  
five hundred- amakhulu amahlanu<br />
+
five hundred - amakhulu amahlanu<br />
  
six hundred- amakhulu ayisithupha <br />
+
six hundred - amakhulu ayisithupha <br />
  
seven hundred- amakhulu ayisikhombisa<br />
+
seven hundred - amakhulu ayisikhombisa<br />
  
eight hundred- amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili<br />
+
eight hundred - amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili<br />
  
nine hundred- amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye <br />
+
nine hundred - amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye <br />
  
thousand- inkulungwane <br />
+
thousand - inkulungwane <br />
  
two thousand- izinkulungwane ezimbili <br />
+
two thousand - izinkulungwane ezimbili <br />
  
three thousand- izinkulungwane ezintathu<br />
+
three thousand - izinkulungwane ezintathu<br />
  
four thousand- izinkulungwane ezine<br />
+
four thousand - izinkulungwane ezine<br />
  
five thousand- izinkulungwane ezinhlanu <br />
+
five thousand - izinkulungwane ezinhlanu <br />
  
six thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisithupha<br />
+
six thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisithupha<br />
  
seven thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa<br />
+
seven thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa<br />
  
eight thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili<br />
+
eight thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili<br />
  
nine thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye <br />
+
nine thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye <br />
  
ten thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi <br />
+
ten thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi <br />
  
eleven thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye<br />
+
eleven thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye<br />
  
twelve thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili <br />
+
twelve thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili <br />
  
thirteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu<br />
+
thirteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu<br />
  
fourteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine<br />
+
fourteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine<br />
  
fifteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu<br />
+
fifteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu<br />
  
sixteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha<br />
+
sixteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha<br />
  
seventeen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa<br />
+
seventeen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa<br />
  
eighteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili<br />
+
eighteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili<br />
  
nineteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye<br />
+
nineteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye<br />
  
twenty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili <br />
+
twenty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili <br />
  
thirty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu<br />
+
thirty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu<br />
  
forty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane<br />
+
forty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane<br />
  
fifty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu<br />
+
fifty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu<br />
  
sixty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha <br />
+
sixty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha <br />
seventy thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa<br />
+
  
eighty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili <br />
+
seventy thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa<br />
  
ninety thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye<br />
+
eighty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili <br />
  
hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziyikhulu <br />
+
ninety thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye<br />
  
two hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili <br />
+
hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziyikhulu <br />
  
three hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu<br />
+
two hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili <br />
  
four hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane<br />
+
three hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu<br />
  
five hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu<br />
+
four hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane<br />
  
six hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha<br />
+
five hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu<br />
  
seven hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa<br />
+
six hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha<br />
  
eight hundred thousand izinkulungwane eziamakhulu  
+
seven hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa<br />
 +
 
 +
eight hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu  
 
eziamaisishiyagalombili<br />
 
eziamaisishiyagalombili<br />
  
nine hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu  
+
nine hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu  
 
eziamaisishiyagalolunye<br />
 
eziamaisishiyagalolunye<br />
  
million- isigidi<br />
+
one million - isigidi<br />
  
 
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===Time===

Revision as of 04:33, 6 March 2010

Zulu is the language of the Zulu people, the majority of them living in South Africa.

Contents

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Zulu vowels are very similar to those found in english. However, Zulu is a tonal language, so the meaning of some words depends on whether you use a high or low pitch. For instance, "Unjani?" with a high tone on the u means "how are you?" whereas a low thone on the u means "How are they?"

Consonants

t like the t in "tea"

k somewhere between a K and a G in English

kh this is a digraph; it is pronounced like a hard k in english, like k in "kick". Not pronounced like "ch" in the Scottish "loch"

h like English h

hh A digraph. this is a voiced h, like "ch" in the Scottish "loch", but softer.

y Like the English y

b Like the English b

Click Consonants

Zulu has three click consonants, represented by "c," "q," and "x" in written Zulu.

c: Click your tongue off the back of your teeth, like a disapproving "Tsk tsk."

x: This sounds like the click made to summon a horse. Click the side of your tongue off your molars, on either or both sides of your mouth.

q: This is the hardest click. It should sound somewhat like a cork being popped from a bottle. Put your tongue on the edge of your hard palate, and pull it of sharply. This will take some practice.

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Sawubona

"Hello" to one person

Sanibonani

"Hello" to a group of people

Unjani?

"How are you?" (singular 'you')

Ninjani?

"How are you?" (plural 'you')

Ngikhona

I'm fine.

Sikhona We;re fine

Ungubani igama lakho?

"What's your name?"

Igama lami ngingu_____

"My name is _____"

Ungangisiza?

"Can you help me?"

Yimalini?

"How much (does it cost)?"

Isikhathisini?

"What's the time?"

Uphumaphi?

"Where are you from?"

Ngiphuma ______.

"I come from" ___________.

Uyasikhuluma isiNgisi?

"Do you speak English?"

Ngiyabonga

"Thank you"

Sala kahle / Hamba kahle

"Stay well / Go well" (used as 'goodbye')

Problems

Police Amapoyisa

Where is the Police Station?

Ikuphi iPolice Station?

I will call the Police.

Ngizobiza amaPoyisa

Numbers

Numbers in Zulu are quite complex, with them all acting as adjectives that alter the subsequent word. the numbers listed below are the traditional Zulu numbers, but virtually all Zulu speakers use the English counting system for convenience.

zero - iqanda (

one - kunye

two - kubili

three - kuthathu

four - kune

five - isihlanu

six - isithupha

seven - isikhombisa

eight - isishiyagalombili

nine - isishiyagalolunye

ten - ishumi

eleven - ishumi nanye

twelve - ishumi nambili

thirteen - ishumi nantathu

fourteen - ishumi nane

fifteen - ishumi nesihlanu

sixteen - ishumi nesithupha

seventeen - ishumi nesikhombisa

eighteen - ishumi nesishiyagalombili

nineteen - ishumi nesishiyagalolunye

twenty - amashumi amabili

twenty-one - amashumi amabili nanye

twenty-two - amashumi amabili nambili

twenty-three - amashumi amabili nantathu

twenty-four - amashumi amabili nane

twenty-five - amashumi amabili nesihlanu

twenty-six - amashumi amabili nesithupha

twenty-seven - amashumi amabili nesikhombisa

twenty-eight - amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili

twenty-nine - amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye

thirty - amashumi amathathu

forty - amashumi amane

fifty - amashumi amahlanu

sixty - amashumi ayisithupha

seventy - amashumi ayisikhombisa

eighty - amashumi ayisishiyagalombili

ninety - amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye

hundred - ikhulu

one hundred one - ikhulu nanye

one hundred two - ikhulu nambili

two hundred - amakhulu amabili

three hundred - amakhulu amathathu

four hundred - amakhulu amane

five hundred - amakhulu amahlanu

six hundred - amakhulu ayisithupha

seven hundred - amakhulu ayisikhombisa

eight hundred - amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili

nine hundred - amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye

thousand - inkulungwane

two thousand - izinkulungwane ezimbili

three thousand - izinkulungwane ezintathu

four thousand - izinkulungwane ezine

five thousand - izinkulungwane ezinhlanu

six thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisithupha

seven thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa

eight thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili

nine thousand - izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye

ten thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi

eleven thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye

twelve thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili

thirteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu

fourteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine

fifteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu

sixteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha

seventeen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa

eighteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili

nineteen thousand - izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye

twenty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili

thirty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu

forty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane

fifty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu

sixty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha

seventy thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa

eighty thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili

ninety thousand - izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye

hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziyikhulu

two hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili

three hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu

four hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane

five hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu

six hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha

seven hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa

eight hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalombili

nine hundred thousand - izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalolunye

one million - isigidi

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

Monday - uMsombuluko

Tuesday - uLwesibili

Wednesday - uLwesithathu

Thursday - uLwesine

Friday - uLwesihlanu

Saturday - uMgqibelo

Sunday - iSonto

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

blue - luhlaza okwesibhakabhaka

orange - i-orenji

purple - iPhephuli

green - luhlaza

gray - mpunga

brown -nsundu

black - mnyama

white - mhlophe

Transportation

[English word] - [Zulu word] ([plural Zulu word])

car - imoto (amamoto)

bus - ibhasi (amabhasi)

ship -umkhumbhi (imikhumbhi)

plane - indiza, ibhanoyi (izindiza, amabhanoyi)

motorcycle - ithukathuka (amathukathuka)

train - isitimela (izitimela)

Bus and train

   (ibhasi)  (isitimela) 

Directions

====Taxi====(itexsi)

===Lodging===(ihhotela)

===Money===iMali

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

iphoyisa (amaphoyisa) police


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