This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Zulu. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past 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 saw you||Ngakubona|
|I wrote with a pen||Ngabhala ngepeni|
|You loved apples||Wawuwathanda ama-aphula|
|You gave money||Wanika imali|
|You played tennis||Wawudlala i-tennis|
|He read (past tense) a book||Wafunda incwadi|
|He understood me||Wangiqonda mina|
|She had a cat||Wayenekati|
|She knew my friend||Wayemazi umngane wami|
|We wanted to learn||Sasifuna ukufunda|
|We thought Spanish is easy||Sasicabanga ukuthi isiPanishi silula|
|You (plural) worked here||Wawusebenza lapha|
|You (plural) spoke French||Wawukhuluma isiFulentshi|
|They drove a car||Babeshayela imoto|
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Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.
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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!
|Black is his favorite color||umbala wakhe oyintandokazi umnyama|
|I have black hair||Nginezinwele ezimnyama|
|Red is not his favorite color||okubomvu akuwona umbala wakhe wentandokazi|
|She drives a yellow car||ushayela imoto ephuzi|
|The sky is blue||izulu liluhlaza|
|Your cat is white||Ikati lakho limhlophe|
|I enjoyed myself very much||Ngibe nesikhathi esimnandi kakhulu|
|I agree with you||Ngivumelana nawe|
|Are you sure?||Uyaqiniseka?|
|Would you like to go for a walk?||Ungathanda ukuhambahamba?|
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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Zulu about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.