Xhosa Nouns

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

potatoes
potatoes Audio
iitapile
tomatoes
tomatoes Audio
iitamati
onions
onions Audio
amatswele
carrots
carrots Audio
iminqathe
fruits
fruits Audio
iziqhamo
apples
apples Audio
ama apile
bananas
bananas Audio
iibanana
oranges
oranges Audio
ama orenji

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
Xhosa
do you have milk?
[verb + noun]
unalo ubisi? Audio
I have milk and coffee
[preposition + noun]
Ndinobisi nekofi Audio
he has three apples
[number + plural noun]
unama apile amathathu Audio
she only has one apple
[number + singular noun]
uneapile elinye kuphela Audio
we live in a small house
[adjective + noun]
sihlala kwindlu encinane Audio
I like our breakfast
[pronoun + noun]
ndiyasithanda isidlo sethu sakusasa Audio

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

bread
bread Audio
isonka
milk
milk Audio
ubisi
butter
butter Audio
ibotolo
cheese
cheese Audio
isonka samasi
coffee
coffee Audio
ikofi
sandwich
sandwich Audio
sendiwitshi
meat
meat Audio
inyama
chicken
chicken Audio
inkukhu
fish
fish Audio
intlanzi
breakfast
breakfast Audio
isidlo sakusasa
lunch
lunch Audio
isidlo sasemini
dinner
dinner Audio
isidlo sangokuhlwa

Conversation in Xhosa

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
Xhosa
Do you speak (English/ Xhosa)?
Uthetha(isingesi/Punjabi)? Audio
Just a little
kancinane Audio
I like Xhosa
ndiyasithanda isiPunjabi Audio
Can I practice with you?
Ndingaqhelisela nawe? Audio
How old are you?
mingaphi iminyaka yakho? Audio
I'm thirty three years old
Ndineminyaka engamashumi amathathu anesithathu ubudala Audio
It was nice talking to you
Bekumnandi ukuncokola nawe Audio

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

Xhosa Adjectives   Xhosa Adjectives

Xhosa Plural   Xhosa Plural



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