Feminine

Zulu Lesson 5 (Feminine and Clothes)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 5th Zulu lesson teaches the use of the gender by creating the feminine from the masculine form. In addition to that, I included a vocabulary list about clothes and finally common phrases about origins. 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.

Feminine

Knowing how to derive the feminine from the masculine form is very useful. It can make it easy to have a conversation about family members, pets, or professions. An example would be: "man", "woman", "Cat (fem.)", "cat (masc.)" etc.

Below is a list of 12 masculine and feminine forms 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.

Masculine vs. Feminine in Zulu

Feminine Zulu Audio
BoyUmfana
GirlIntombazane
ManIndoda
Womanowesifazane
Fatherubaba / uyihlo / uyise
Motherumama
Brotherumfowethu
Sisterudadewethu
Actorumlingisi
Actressumlingisikazi
Cat (Masc.)Ikati
Cat (Fem.)Ikati

Now we will try to implement some of the forms above into full Zulu sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Zulu Gender in a Sentence

English Zulu Audio
He is tallUmfana mude
She is tallIntombazane yinde
He is a short manUyindoda emfushane
She is a short womanUngowesifazane omfushane
He is GermanUngowesilisa ongumJalimane
She is GermanUngowesifazane ongumJalimane
Japanese men are friendlyAmadoda aseJapane anobungane
Japanese women are friendlyAbesifazane baseJapane banobungane

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Clothes

Below is a list of 20 words related to clothes and wearable accessories. Memorizing them by heart can make it easy for you to shop for clothes and maybe get some good bargains.

Clothes List in Zulu

Clothes Zulu Audio
Beltibhande
ClothesIzingubo
Coatijazi
DressIlokwe
Glassesizibuko
Glovesamagilavu
Hatisigqoko
Jacketibhantshi
Pants (Trousers)ibhulukwe
Ringindandatho
Shirtihembe
Shoesizicathulo
Socksamasokisi
Suitisudi
Sweaterijezi
Tieuthayi
Umbrellaisambulela
Underwearizikhindi
Walletisikhwama
Watchiwashi

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Daily Conversation in Zulu

Finally, these are a couple of phrases used in conversations to express where you are from or where you live etc. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page.

Common Expressions in Zulu

Do you like my dress?uyalithanda ilokwe lami na?
I lost my socksngilahlekelwe amasokisi ami
It looks good on youliyakufanela
She has a beautiful ringunendandatho enhle
These pants (trousers) are longlawa mabhulukwe made
These shoes are smalllezi zicathulo zincane
Where are you from?Uvela kuphi?
I'm from the U.SNgivela e-U.S
I'm AmericanNgingumMelika
Where do you live?Uhlala kuphi?
I live in the U.SNgihlala e-U.S
Do you like it here?Uyakuthanda lapha?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000..

Congratulations! You finished your 5th lesson in Zulu about masculine, feminine, and clothes. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 6. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.

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