Hausa Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Hausa. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Hausa.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Hausa conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Hausa
I speak English
ina jin turanci
you speak French
ka iya faransanci
he speaks German
yana jin jamusanci
she speaks Italian
tana jin italiyanci
we speak Arabic
muna jin larabci
they speak Chinese
suna jin harshen china

The past tense in Hausa conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Hausa
I visited France
na baƙunci faransa
you visited Italy
ka zayarci italiya
he visited Morocco
ya ziyarci ƙasar maroko
she visited China
ta ziyarci china
we visited Mexico
mun zayarci mexico
they visited Kenya
sun ziyarci kasar kenya

The future tense in Hausa conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Hausa
I will drink milk
zan sha madara
you will drink coffee
za ka/ki/ku sha kofii
he will drink tea
zai sha ti
she will drink water
za ta sha ruwa
we will drink apple juice
za mu sha lemu
they will drink tea
za su sha ti

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear
kunne
eye
eye
ido
mouth
mouth
baki
nose
nose
hanci
hair
hair
gashi
face
face
fuska
head
head
kai
heart
heart
zuciya
hand
hand
hannu
fingers
fingers
yatsu
leg
leg
ƙafa
feet
feet
kafafu

Travel Phrases in Hausa

Imagine yourself in some Hausa speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Hausa
Can you help me?
ko za ka taimake ni?
Can I help you?
me kake bukata ne?
Where is the airport?
ina filin jirgin sama?
Go straight
mike
Then
sa'an nan
Turn left
juya hagu
Turn right
yi dama

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Hausa was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Hausa Vocabulary   Hausa Vocabulary

Hausa Audio   Hausa Audio



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