Zulu Lesson 8 (Pronouns and Travel)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 8th lesson contains the Zulu pronouns including the subject, object and possessive forms. In addition, you will find a vocabulary list about travel and finally some general common 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.


Pronouns are a must to learn because they are part of almost every sentence. They make up about 20% of the daily language use which includes the subject, object and possessive pronoun. If there is an lesson you should NOT skip, this would be one of them.

We will start with the subject pronouns since it's the most used of the 4 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.

Subject Pronouns in Zulu

Pronouns Zulu Audio
You (plural)Nina
I love youNgiyakuthanda
She is beautifulMuhle
They are dancingBayadansa
We are happySijabulile

Object pronouns are another important one you should make sure you master.

Object Pronouns in Zulu

Pronouns Zulu Audio
You (plural)Nina
Can you call us?Ungakwazi ukusifonela?
Give me your phone numberNginikeze inombolo yakho yocingo
I can give you my emailNgingakunika i-imeyili yami
Tell him to call meMtshele angifonele

Now we will discuss the possessive pronoun also called possessive determiners which is very straight forward and self explanatory. You use it when you want to express that something belongs to you but usually it comes before a noun.

Possessive Pronouns Zulu

Pronouns Zulu Audio
Your (plural)Okwenu
His email is...I-imeyili yakhe ithi
My phone number is...Inombolo yami yocingo ithi
Our dream is to visit SpainIphupho lethu ukuvakashela e-Spain
Their country is beautifulIzwe labo lihle


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As for the possessive case of the pronoun, it is used differently because it does not have to come before a noun. Check out the examples!

Possessive Case of the Pronoun in Zulu

Pronouns Zulu Audio
Yours (plural)Okwenu
Is this pen yours?Ingabe Leli peni elakho?
The book is mineIncwadi eyami
The shoes are hersIzicathulo ezakhe
Victory is oursUkunqoba okwethu

Vocabulary List about Travel

Below is a list of 31 words and expressions related to travel such as means of transportation, lodging and tourism. If you memorize them by heart, you will be able to get around the country and ask for directions much easier than if you did not.

Travel List in Zulu

Travel Zulu Audio
AirportIsikhumulo sezindiza
Bus stationIsiteshi sebhasi
For businessYamabhinizisi
For pleasureYokujabula
Help DeskUmnyango wosizo
ParkingIndawo yokupaka
To travelUkuhamba
Train (noun)isitimela
Train stationIsiteshi sesitimela
By trainNgesitimela
By carNgemoto
By busNgebhasi
By taxiNgetekisi
By airplaneNgendiza


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Daily Conversation in Zulu

Finally, a list of sentences that you might need or see often. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Zulu Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Zulu

English Zulu Audio
Do you accept credit cards?Ingabe niyawemukela amakhadi okuthenga ngesikweletu?
How much will it cost?Ibiza malini?
I have a reservationNgibhukile
I'd like to rent a carNgingathanda ukuqasha imoto
I'm here on business / on vacation.Ngilapha ngebhizinisi/ ngiseholidini.
Is this seat taken?Ingabe lesi sihlalo sesithathiwe?
It was nice meeting youNgiyajabula ukukwazi
Take this! (when giving something)Thatha lokhu!
Do you like it?Uyayithanda?
I really like it!Ngiyithanda ngempela!
I'm just kiddingNgiyazidlalela
I'm hungryngilambile
I'm thirstyNgomile

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year..

Congratulations! You finished your 8th lesson in Zulu about the pronouns, and travel expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Zulu Lesson 9. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Zulu homepage.

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