This 16th lesson teaches the Zulu imperative form. In addition you will find a vocabulary list about places and household objects. 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.
Knowing the imperative form in Zulu is a powerful skill. It can make it easy to ask someone to do something, and clarify what you want done.
Below is a list of 20 imperative forms and expressions that 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.
|Come here!||Woza lapha!|
|Go there!||Hamba laphaya!|
|Enter (the room)!||Ngena!|
|Turn right||Jikela kwesokudla|
|Turn left||Jikela kwesokunxele|
|Go straight||Hamba uqonde|
|Sit down!||Hlala phansi!|
|Let me show you!||Ake ngikubonise!|
|Write it down!||Kubhale phansi!|
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Below is a list of 20 words about different places. Useful when talking about going somewhere.
|I can see the stars||Ngiyazibona izinkanyezi|
|I want to go to the beach||Ngifuna ukuya ebhishi|
|The moon is full tonight||Inyanga igcwele kulobu busuku|
|This is a beautiful garden||Yingadi enhle lena|
Below is a list of 26 words about different household terms, including rooms, kitchen appliances ... etc.
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Finally, here are some common expressions used to offer good wishes to someone. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Can you close the door?||Ungakwazi ukuvala umnyango?|
|Can you open the window?||Ungakwazi ukuvula iwindi?|
|I need to use the computer||Ngidinga ukusebenzisa i-computer|
|I need to use the toilet||Ngidinga ukusebenzisa indlu yangasese|
|I'm watching television||Ngibukele umabonakude|
|This room is very big||Leli gumbi likhulu kakhulu|
|Holiday Wishes||Ujabulele Amaholidi|
|Good luck!||Sikufisela inhlanhla|
|Happy birthday!||Usuku lokuzalwa oluhle!|
|Happy new year!||Unyaka omusha omuhle!|
|Merry Christmas!||Ukhisimusi omuhle!|
|Enjoy! (before eating)||Ukujabulele ukudla!|
|Bless you (when sneezing)||Nxese|
|Best wishes!||Sikufisela okuhle!|
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Congratulations! You finished your 16th lesson in Zulu about the imperative form, places and household items. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 17. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.