Shona Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Shona. 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 Shona.

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

Present Tense
Shona
I speak English
ndinotaura chirungu
you speak French
unotaura chifrench
he speaks German
anotaura chigerman
she speaks Italian
anotaura chiitaly
we speak Arabic
tinotaura chiarab
they speak Chinese
vanotaura chichina

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

Past Tense
Shona
I visited France
ndakashanyira france
you visited Italy
wakashanyira italy
he visited Morocco
akashanyira morocco
she visited China
akashanyira china
we visited Mexico
takashanyira mexico
they visited Kenya
vakashanyira kenya

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

Future Tense
Shona
I will drink milk
ndichanwa mukaka
you will drink coffee
uchanwa kofi
he will drink tea
achanwa tii
she will drink water
achanwa mvura
we will drink apple juice
tichanwa muto wemaapuro
they will drink tea
vachanwa tii

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

ear
ear
nzeve
eye
eye
ziso
mouth
mouth
muromo
nose
nose
mhino
hair
hair
bvudzi
face
face
chiso
head
head
musoro
heart
heart
mwoyo
hand
hand
ruoko
fingers
fingers
minwe
leg
leg
gumbo
feet
feet
tsoka

Travel Phrases in Shona

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

English
Shona
Can you help me?
ungandibatsirawo here?
Can I help you?
ndingakubatsira here?
Where is the airport?
nhandare yendege iri kupi?
Go straight
ramba wakananga mberi
Then
uye
Turn left
kona kuruboshwe
Turn right
kona kurudyi

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Shona 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.

Shona Vocabulary   Shona Vocabulary

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