This first lesson teaches many important aspect of Zulu like prepositions, vocabulary list about directions and finally common phrases about how to introduce yourself. 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.
Prepositions are used in almost every sentence. They can be a great tool to link words with each other. For example by simply knowing how to use "to", "with", "from", "after" you can expand your conversation scope. In short, a preposition describes a relationship between words in a sentence, for example: I agree with you.
Below is a list of 27 prepositions 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.
|In front of||ngaphambi|
|On top of||Ngaphezulu|
|About (in regards to)||mayelana|
|As (similar to)||Njenge|
|Instead of||Esikhundleni se|
Now we will try to implement some of the prepositions above into full Zulu sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|Can I practice Italian with you?||Ngingaprakthiza nawe isiNtaliyane?|
|I speak French but with an accent||Ngikhuluma isiFulentshi ngendlela yakhona|
|I was born in Miami||Ngazalelwa e-Miami|
|I'm from Japan||Ngivela eJapani|
|The letter is inside the book||Iletha iphakathi kwencwadi|
|The pen is under the desk||Ipeni lingaphansi kwetafula|
|Can I help you?||Ngingakusiza?|
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Below is a list of 28 words and sentences related to directions that you might need when lost or asking for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to travel from point A to point B by following directions.
|Can you help me?||Ungangisiza?|
|Can you show me?||Ungangibonisa?|
|Come with me!||Hamba nami|
|Downtown (city center)||Phakathi nedolobha|
|Excuse me! (to ask someone)||Uxolo!|
|Go straight||Hamba uqonde|
|How can I get to the museum?||Ngingafika kanjani endaweni yokugcina amagugu?|
|How long does it take to get there?||Kuyibanga elingakanani ukufika lapho?|
|I'm not from here||Angiyena owalendawo|
|It's far from here||Kukude nalapha|
|It's near here||Kuseduze nalapha|
|One moment please!||Umzuzu owodwa nje!|
|Turn left||Jikela kwesokunxele|
|Turn right||Jikela kwesokudla|
|Traffic light||Amalambu e-traffic|
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Finally, a couple sentences to help you know how to introduce yourself in Zulu. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Do you speak English?||Ingabe uyasikhuluma isingisi?|
|Just a little||Kancane nje|
|What's your name?||Ubani igama lakho?|
|My name is (John Doe)||Igama lami ngingu (John Doe)|
|Mr... / Mrs. ... / Miss...||Mnumzane.../Nkosikazi.../Nkosazana...|
|Nice to meet you!||Ngiyajabula ukukwazi!|
|You're very kind!||Unomusa!|
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Congratulations! You finished your 4th lesson in Zulu about prepositions, and directions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 5. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.