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'''Zulu''' is the language of the Zulu people, the majority of them living in [[South Africa]].
'''Bold text''''''Zulu''' is the language of the Zulu people, the majority of them living in [[South Africa]].
==Pronunciation guide==
==Pronunciation guide==
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zero- iqanda (q is click, put your tongue on the bottom of your jaw)
zero- '''Bold text'''iqanda (q is click, put your tongue on the bottom of your jaw)
one- kunye
one- '''Bold text'''kunye
two- kubili
two- '''Bold text'''kubili
three- kuthathu
three- '''Bold text'''kuthathu
four- kune
four- '''Bold text'''kune
five- isihlanu
five- '''Bold text'''isihlanu
six- isithupha
six- '''Bold text'''isithupha
seven-'''Bold text'''isikhombisa
eight- isishiyagalombili
eight- '''Bold text'''isishiyagalombili
nine- isishiyagalolunye
nine- '''Bold text'''isishiyagalolunye
ten- ishumi
ten- '''Bold text'''ishumi
eleven- ishumi nanye
eleven- '''Bold text'''ishumi nanye
twelve- ishumi nambili
twelve-'''Bold text''' ishumi nambili
thirteen-ishumi nantathu
thirteen-'''Bold text'''ishumi nantathu
fourteen- ishumi nane
fourteen- '''Bold text'''ishumi nane
fifteen- ishumi nesihlanu
fifteen- '''Bold text'''ishumi nesihlanu
sixteen- ishumi nesithupha
sixteen-'''Bold text''' ishumi nesithupha
seventeen- ishumi nesikhombisa
seventeen- '''Bold text'''ishumi nesikhombisa
eighteen- ishumi nesishiyagalombili
eighteen- '''Bold text'''ishumi nesishiyagalombili
nineteen- ishumi nesishiyagalolunye
nineteen- '''Bold text'''ishumi nesishiyagalolunye
twenty- amashumi amabili  
twenty- '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili  
twenty-one amashumi amabili nanye
twenty-one '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nanye
twenty-two amashumi amabili nambili  
twenty-two'''Bold text''' amashumi amabili nambili  
twenty-three amashumi amabili nantathu
twenty-three '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nantathu
twenty-four amashumi amabili nane
twenty-four '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nane
twenty-five- amashumi amabili nesihlanu
twenty-five- '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nesihlanu
twenty-six amashumi amabili nesithupha
twenty-six '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nesithupha
twenty-seven- amashumi amabili nesikhombisa
twenty-seven- '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nesikhombisa
twenty-eight amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili  
twenty-eight '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nesishiyagalombili  
twenty-nine- amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye
twenty-nine- '''Bold text'''amashumi amabili nesishiyagalolunye
thirty- amashumi amathathu
thirty-'''Bold text''' amashumi amathathu
forty- amashumi amane
forty- '''Bold text'''amashumi amane
fifty- amashumi amahlanu
fifty- '''Bold text'''amashumi amahlanu
sixty- amashumi ayisithupha
sixty- '''Bold text'''amashumi ayisithupha
seventy- amashumi ayisikhombisa
seventy- '''Bold text'''amashumi ayisikhombisa
eighty- amashumi ayisishiyagalombili
eighty- '''Bold text'''amashumi ayisishiyagalombili
ninety- amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye  
ninety- '''Bold text'''amashumi ayisishiyagalolunye  
hundred- ikhulu  
hundred- '''Bold text'''ikhulu  
hundred and one- ikhulu nanye
hundred and one- '''Bold text'''ikhulu nanye
hundred and two ikhulu nambili  
hundred and two'''Bold text''' ikhulu nambili  
two hundred- amakhulu amabili  
two hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu amabili  
three hundred- amakhulu amathathu
three hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu amathathu
four hundred- amakhulu amane
four hundred- amakhulu amane
five hundred- amakhulu amahlanu
five hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu amahlanu
six hundred- amakhulu ayisithupha  
six hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu ayisithupha  
seven hundred- amakhulu ayisikhombisa
seven hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu ayisikhombisa
eight hundred- amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili
eight hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu ayisishiyagalombili
nine hundred- amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye  
nine hundred- '''Bold text'''amakhulu ayisishiyagalolunye  
thousand- inkulungwane  
thousand- '''Bold text'''inkulungwane  
two thousand- izinkulungwane ezimbili  
two thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane ezimbili  
three thousand- izinkulungwane ezintathu
three thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane ezintathu
four thousand- izinkulungwane ezine
four thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane ezine
five thousand- izinkulungwane ezinhlanu  
five thousand-'''Bold text''''''Bold text''' izinkulungwane ezinhlanu  
six thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisithupha
six thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyisithupha
seven thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa
seven thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyisikhombisa
eight thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili
eight thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalombili
nine thousand- izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye  
nine thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyisishiyagalolunye  
ten thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi  
ten thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi  
eleven thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye
eleven thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinanye
twelve thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili  
twelve thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezimbili  
thirteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu
thirteen thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezintathu
fourteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine
fourteen thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezine
fifteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu
fi'''Bold text'''fteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi ezinhlanu
sixteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha
sixteen thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisithupha
seventeen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa
seventeen thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisikhombisa
eighteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili
eighteen thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalombili
nineteen thousand- izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye
nineteen thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziyishumi eziyisishiyagalolunye
twenty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili  
twenty thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamabili  
thirty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu
thirty thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathathu
forty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane
forty thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamane
fifty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu
fifty thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamahlanu
sixty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha  
sixty thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamathupha  
seventy thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa
seventy thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamakhombisa
eighty thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili  
eighty thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalombili  
ninety thousand- izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye
ninety thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamashumi eziamaisishiyagalolunye
hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziyikhulu  
hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziyikhulu  
two hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili  
two hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamabili  
three hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu
three hundred thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathathu
four hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane
four hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamane
five hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu
five hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamahlanu
six hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha
six hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamathupha
seven hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa
seven hundred thousand- '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamakhombisa
eight hundred thousand izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalombili
eight hundred thousand '''Bold text'''izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalombili
nine hundred thousand- izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalolunye
nine hundred thousand-'''Bold text''' izinkulungwane eziamakhulu eziamaisishiyagalolunye
million- isigidi
'''million- isigidi'''

Revision as of 17:52, 27 March 2008

'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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