Shona Adjectives

Welcome to the second Shona lesson about adjectives. This time we will first learn about colors, followed by grammar rules, then weather expressions, finally a conversation in Shona to help you practice your daily phrases.

black
black
nhema
grey
grey
pfumbu
white
white
chena
blue
blue
bhuruu
green
green
girini
yellow
yellow
yero
red
red
tsvuku
brown
brown
bhurauni

Adjectives Grammar Rules

In general adjectives are words which describe or modify another person or object in a given sentence. For example: a beautiful flower the adjective is [beautiful] because it describes the noun [flower]. The following examples use adjectives in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar Rules
Shona
my house is white
[noun + adjective]
imba yangu ichena
your country is big
[noun + adjective]
nyika yako yakakura
new books are expensive
[plural + adjective]
mabhuku matsva anodhura
we are happy here
[pronoun + verb + adjective]
tiri kufara pano
she has three small dogs
[adjective + plural]
ane imbwa duku nhatu
this language is very easy
[adverb + adjective]
mutauro uyu wakapfava
I have a small green house
[adjective + adjective]
ndine imba duku yegirini

We're not done yet! The following is a list of more adjectives for you, often used when referring to weather conditions. I think it would be wise to memorize them.

cold
cold
kutonhora
hot
hot
kupisa
cloudy
cloudy
kune makore
rainy
rainy
kuri kunaya
snowy
snowy
kune sinou
sunny
sunny
kune zuva
windy
windy
kune mhepo
warm
warm
kuri kudziya

Conversation in Shona

Now we finally reach the most exciting part, the practice of the daily expressions used in almost every conversation. I recommend memorizing these phrases, because you will need them for sure.

English
Shona
hi
hesi
how are you?
wakadini?
I'm good, thank you
ndakasimba, waita hako
and you?
ko iwe?
what is your name?
zita rako ndiani?
my name is Maya
zita rangu ndimaya
nice to meet you
ndafara kukuona

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about adjectives in Shona. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. The next lesson is below.

Shona Alphabet   Shona Alphabet

Shona Nouns   Shona Nouns



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