Gonzo wrote:is there masculine, feminie and neuter?
No, there is no grammatical gender in Bantu languages (which is the language family that isiZulu belongs to); it does have a noun class system, but once you get the hang of it , it really isn't too hard, it is very logical
Gonzo wrote:As I understand it, nouns have class stems for singular or plural. Is there any additional complexity, like declensions?
each noun has a stem, and depending on which noun class it belongs to it has a prefix. e.g. isiZulu = isi (prefix of the particular class that includes languages) + Zulu (stem). Compare to umZulu = um (prefix of the class that includes human things) + Zulu (stem)
noun classes can be generally divided into classes that are plural and singular... and usually one can link a particular noun class with another: e.g. isi- (singular) and izi- (plural); um- (singular) and aba- (plural), etc.
Gonzo wrote:Verbs, I get how they are formed, but as for their verb forms, how many are there?
conjugation... well it can get complicated, cause they turn everything in one big word: e.g. ngangingayisebenzise = I have not (remote past) not used it. Also for the same thing it has often a long form and short form, meaning the same thing but used differently.
Gonzo wrote:Would one say that Zulu is a complex or more simple language? Is it regular or irregular? What about syntax? Basically, I just want to gauge the language before I decide to learn it or not.
Mostly regular, with some irregular verbs but they are fairly easy to figure out as being irregular. Overall, very different than Indo-European languages, but once one gets the structure, it is really interesting and logical.