Shona Nouns

Welcome to the third Shona lesson about nouns. This time we will first learn about fruits and vegetables, followed by grammar rules, then food items, finally a conversation in Shona to help you practice your daily phrases.

potatoes
potatoes
mbatatisi
tomatoes
tomatoes
matomati
onions
onions
hanyanisi
carrots
carrots
karotsi
fruits
fruits
michero
apples
apples
maapuro
bananas
bananas
mabhanana
oranges
oranges
maorenji

Nouns Grammar Rules

In general nouns refer to a person, an object, or abstract ideas. For example: a fast runner the noun is [runner] because it refers to a person. The examples below use nouns in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Shona
do you have milk?
[verb + noun]
une mukaka here?
I have milk and coffee
[preposition + noun]
ndine mukaka nekofi
he has three apples
[number + plural noun]
ane maapuro matatu
she only has one apple
[number + singular noun]
anongova neapuro rimwe chete
we live in a small house
[adjective + noun]
tinogara mumba duku
I like our breakfast
[pronoun + noun]
ndinofarira kudya kwedu kwemangwanani

The following are nouns of food items that you might be interested in learning and memorizing.

bread
bread
chingwa
milk
milk
mukaka
butter
butter
bhata
cheese
cheese
chizi
coffee
coffee
kofi
sandwich
sandwich
sangweji
meat
meat
nyama
chicken
chicken
huku
fish
fish
hove
breakfast
breakfast
kudya kwemangwanani
lunch
lunch
kudya kwemasikati
dinner
dinner
kudya kwemanheru

Conversation in Shona

Now we finally reach the fun part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

English
Shona
Do you speak (English/ Shona)?
unotaura (chirungu/ chishona) here?
Just a little
zvishoma
I like Shona
ndinofarira chishona
Can I practice with you?
ndinogona kudzidzira newe here?
How old are you?
une makore mangani?
I'm thirty three years old
ndine makore makumi matatu nematatu
It was nice talking to you
ndafara kutaura newe

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the nouns in Shona. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now check the next lesson below.

Shona Adjectives   Shona Adjectives

Shona Plural   Shona Plural



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