This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Zulu. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Zulu Classes.
Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Zulu, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.
|I see you||Ngiyakubona|
|I write with a pen||Ngibhala ngepeni|
|You love apples||Uyawathanda ama-apula|
|You give money||Unikeza imali|
|You play tennis||Udlala i-tennis|
|He reads a book||Ufunda incwadi|
|He understands me||Uyangiqonda mina|
|She has a cat||Unekati|
|She knows my friend||Uyamazi umngane wami|
|We want to learn||Sifuna ukufunda|
|We think Spanish is easy||Sicabanga ukuthi iSpanishi silula|
|You (plural) work here||Nina nisebenza lapha|
|You (plural) speak French||Nina nikhuluma isiFulentshi|
|They drive a car||Bashayela imoto|
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Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.
|Heart attack||Isifo senhliziyo|
|Stomach ache||ukuphathwa isisu|
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Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Are you okay?||uyaphila?|
|Call a doctor!||Biza udokotela|
|Call the ambulance!||biza i-ambulensi|
|Call the police!||biza amaphoyisa|
|Calm down!||Yehlisa umoya|
|I feel sick||Ngiyagula|
|It hurts here||Kubuhlungu lapha|
|Where is the closest pharmacy?||likuphi ikhemisi eliseduzane?|
|You look beautiful! (to a woman)||Umuhle!|
|You have a beautiful name||Unegama elihle|
|This is my wife||nangu unkosikazi wami|
|This is my husband||Ngumyeni wami lona|
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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Zulu about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.