Sanibona abantu bonke! Namhlanje ngifuna ukufundisha ngesiZulu kancane!
Hello everyone. Today I would like to begin giving Zulu lessons!
I believe making lessons is a good way to practice and learn language. I've noticed that there are a few people here interested in Zulu. Because of this, I would like to start some lessons. I will begin with the basics. As far as pronunciation is concerned I will also make a video so that all of you could distinguish the different sounds. Well then, lets get started then.
First of all, here are the clicks you will hear in Zulu:
X-- NgiyaXolisa =I'm sorry
C-- Cabanga =Think
Q-- Qala= Begin/Start
Sawubona- (This is usually said to one person)
Sanibona- (To more than one person)
Note: This expression is used throughout the entire day. i.e. Morning,Evening etc..
Mina nginjani? How am I?
Wena unjani? How are you?
Nina ninjani? How are you? (Plural)
Yena unjani? How is he/she
Bona banjani? How are they? (Plural)
Saying thank you:
Ngiyabonga= Thank you
Ngiyabonga kakhulu= Thank you very much
Sala kahle! (One person who is staying)
Salani kahle! (more than one person)
Hamba kahle! (A person leaving)
Hambani kahle ( More than one person leaving)
-- All of the expressions above mean ''goodbye''--
In reply to these questions, you could say:
(Ngi) khona= I'm fine'' which literally means ''I'm in existence'' and likewise, you would use ''khona'' with all of the other personal pronouns as well. Here are a few:
another good one is: ''Ngiyaphila'' which means I'm living. Phila=life.
If you are wondering why I put the first letters in parenthesis, well those are the subject concords.
In Zulu it is essential to know the subject concords in order to form sentences. I'm not gonna get into all of them in this lesson, but I will in the future. I will just teach you the basic personal pronoun concords now:
Nina(Ni) You all
By the way, as far as dictionaries, there's a site you could use in the future:http://isizulu.net/http://www.linguanaut.com/english_zulu.htm
Zulu lesson 1 (Part 1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pA44BwyEUg
Zulu lesson 1 (Part2)