Plural

Zulu Lesson 3 (Plural and Languages)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 3rd lesson is about the plural in Zulu and how to create it from the singular form. In addition, I will include a list of vocabulary about languages, nationalities, and countries. Finally, you will find some common everyday sentences. 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.

Plural

Knowing how to create the plural from the singular word can double the vocabulary you already know. It can make it easy to have a conversation about different topics by simply knowing some grammatical rules. For example how to change the word "book" to "books" or "woman" to "women".

Below is a list of singular words and their plural equivalent. I included examples about nature as well as about humans. 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.

Singular vs. Plural in Zulu

English Zulu Audio
CountryIzwe
CountriesAmazwe
LakeIchibi
LakesAmachibi
LanguageUlimi
LanguagesIzilimi
Womanowesifazane
Womenabafazi
Manindoda
Menamadoda
Boyumfana
BoysAbafana
Girlintombazane
GirlsAmantombazane

Now we will try to implement some of the words above into full Zulu sentences. That way you will be able to see how both forms are used when embedded in a structure.

Singular vs. Plural in a Sentence

English Zulu Audio
We speak two languagesSikhuluma izilimi ezimbili
They speak four languagesBakhuluma izilimi ezine
I visited one countryNgavakashela izwe elilodwa
She visited three countriesWavakashela amazwe amathathu
She has one sisterUnosisi oyedwa
He has two sistersUnosisi ababili

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Languages, Nationalities, and Countries

Below is a list of 50 words related to languages, nationalities, and countries. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to have a good conversation about how many languages you speak or where you came from.

Languages Nationalities and Countries List in Zulu

English Zulu Audio
Arabic (language)isi-arabhu
Moroccan (nationality)Owase-Morocco
Morocco (country)EMorocco
Brazilian (language)Isi-Brazil
Brazilian (nationality)Owase-Brazil
Brazil (country)EBrazil
Chinese (language)isishayina
Chinese (nationality)UmShayina
China (country)EChina
English (language)Zulu
British (nationality)Owase-Brithani
Britain (country)EBrithani
American (nationality)UmMelika
America (country)EMelika
French (language)isiFulentshi
French (nationality)UmFulentshi
France (country)EFrance
German (language)isijalimane
German (nationality)UmJalimane
Germany (country)EJalimane
Greek (language)isiGreki
Greek (nationality)UmGreki
Greece (country)eGrisi
Hindi (language)isihindi
Indian (nationality)Indiya
India (country)endiya
Irish (language)Isi-irish
Irish (nationality)Um-Irish
Ireland (country)E-Ireland
Italian (language)isiNtaliyane
Italian (nationality)UmNtaliyane
Italy (country)entaliyane
Japanese (language)isiJapane
Japanese (nationality)Owase-Japane
Japan (country)ejapane
Korean (language)IsiKhoriya
Korean (nationality)UmKhoriya
Korea (country)EKhoriya
Persian (language)IsiPersia
Iranian (nationality)Owase-Iran
Iran (country)E-Iran
Portuguese (language)IsiPutukezi
Portuguese (nationality)UmPutukezi
Portugal (country)EPortugal
Russian (language)isirashiya
Russian (nationality)UmRashiya
Russia (country)ERussia
Spanish (language)iSpanishi
Spanish (nationality)UmSpanishi
Spain (country)e-spain

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Daily Conversation in Zulu

Finally, a list of sentences about languages, nationalities, and countries plus some bonus phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Zulu

English Zulu Audio
Languages
I don't speak KoreanAngisikhulumi isiKhoriya
I love the Japanese languageNgiyaluthanda ulimi lwesiJapane
I speak ItalianNgikhuluma isiNtaliyane
I want to learn SpanishNgifuna ukufunda iSpanishi
My mother tongue is GermanUlimi engaluncela isiJalimane
Spanish is easy to learnKulula ukufunda iSpanishi
Origins
He has a Moroccan rugUnezingubo zase-Moroco
I have an American carNginemoto yaseMelika
I love French cheeseNgiyawuthanda ushizi wase-France
I'm ItalianNgingowase-Italy
My father is GreekUbaba wami umGreki
My wife is KoreanUmkami owase-Korea
Countries
Have you ever been to India?Ingabe uke wafika ENdiya?
I came from SpainNgisuka e-Spain
I live in AmericaNgihlala eMelika
I want to go to GermanyNgifuna ukuya eJalimane
I was born in ItalyNgazalelwa e-Italy
Japan is a beautiful countryIJapane izwe elihle
Phrases
Long time no seeKudala sagcina ukubonana
I missed youNgikukhumbule
What's new?Yini entsha?
Nothing newAkukho okusha
Make yourself at home!Zizwe usekhaya!
Have a good tripUbe nohambo oluhle

Fun Facts

Language Quote that by simply knowing how to form the plural, you can double the number of nouns in your vocabulary, without having to memorize all the plural form.

Congratulations! You finished your third lesson in Zulu about singular, plural, languages, nationalities, and countries. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.

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