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Zulu phrasebook

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

Pronunciation guide



Common diphthongs

Phrase list



"Hello" to one person


"Hello" to a group of people


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


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

Ungubani igama lakho?

"What's your name?"

Igama lami ngingu_____

"My name is _____"


"Can you help me?"


"How much (does it cost)?"


"What's the time?"


"Where are you from?"

Uyasikhuluma isiNgisi?

"Do you speak English?"


"Thank you"

Sala kahle / Hamba kahle

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


Police Amapoyisa

Where is the Police Station?

Ikuphi iPolice Station?

I will call the Police.

Ngizobiza amaPoyisa


zero- Bold textiqanda (q is click, put your tongue on the bottom of your jaw) one- Bold textkunye two- Bold textkubili three- Bold textkuthathu four- Bold textkune five- Bold textisihlanu six- Bold textisithupha seven-Bold textisikhombisa eight- Bold textisishiyagalombili nine- Bold textisishiyagalolunye ten- Bold textishumi eleven- Bold textishumi nanye twelve-Bold text ishumi nambili thirteen-Bold textishumi nantathu fourteen- Bold textishumi nane fifteen- Bold textishumi nesihlanu sixteen-Bold text ishumi nesithupha seventeen- Bold textishumi nesikhombisa eighteen- Bold textishumi nesishiyagalombili nineteen- Bold textishumi nesishiyagalolunye twenty- Bold textamashumi amabili twenty-one Bold textamashumi amabili nanye twenty-twoBold text amashumi amabili nambili twenty-three Bold textamashumi amabili nantathu twenty-four Bold textamashumi amabili nane twenty-five- Bold textamashumi amabili nesihlanu twenty-six Bold textamashumi amabili nesithupha twenty-seven- Bold textamashumi amabili nesikhombisa twenty-eight Bold textamashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili twenty-nine- Bold textamashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye thirty-Bold text amashumi amathathu forty- Bold textamashumi amane fifty- Bold textamashumi amahlanu sixty- Bold textamashumi ayisithupha seventy- Bold textamashumi ayisikhombisa eighty- Bold textamashumi ayisishiyagalombili ninety- Bold textamashumi ayisishiyagalolunye hundred- Bold textikhulu hundred and one- Bold textikhulu nanye hundred and twoBold text ikhulu nambili two hundred- Bold textamakhulu amabili three hundred- Bold textamakhulu amathathu four hundred- amakhulu amane five hundred- Bold textamakhulu amahlanu six hundred- Bold textamakhulu ayisithupha seven hundred- Bold textamakhulu ayisikhombisa eight hundred- Bold textamakhulu ayisishiyagalombili nine hundred- Bold textamakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye thousand- Bold textinkulungwane two thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane ezimbili three thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane ezintathu four thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane ezine five thousand-'Bold text'Bold text izinkulungwane ezinhlanu six thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyisithupha seven thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa eight thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili nine thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye ten thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi eleven thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye twelve thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili thirteen thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu fourteen thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine fiBold textfteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu sixteen thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha seventeen thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa eighteen thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili nineteen thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye twenty thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili thirty thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu forty thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane fifty thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu sixty thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha seventy thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa eighty thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili ninety thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziyikhulu two hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili three hundred thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu four hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane five hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu six hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha seven hundred thousand- Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa eight hundred thousand Bold textizinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalombili nine hundred thousand-Bold text izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalolunye million- isigidi


Clock time




Writing time and date


Blue - luhlaza okwesibhakabhaka orange- i-orenji purple- iPhephuli green- luhlaza gray- mpunga brown-nsundu black- mnyama white- mhlophe


car- imoto(amamoto, plural) bus- ibhasi(amabhasi) ship-umkhumbhi, (imikhumbhi) plane- indiza/ibhanoyi(izindiza, amabhanoyi) motorcycle- ithukathuka(amathukathuka) train- isitimela(izitimela)

Bus and train

   (ibhasi)  (isitimela) 










iphoyisa (amaphoyisa) police

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