Xhosa Numbers

Welcome to the sixth Xhosa lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Xhosa to help you practice your daily phrases.

Cardinal and Ordinal
Xhosa
one
inye Audio
first
okokuqala Audio
two
zimbini Audio
second
okwesibini Audio
three
zintathu Audio
third
okwesithathu Audio
four
zine Audio
fourth
okwesine Audio
five
zintlanu Audio
fifth
okwesihlanu Audio
six
zintandathu Audio
sixth
okwesithandathu Audio
seven
isixhenxe Audio
seventh
okwesixhenxe Audio
eight
sisibhozo Audio
eighth
okwesibhozo Audio
nine
lithoba Audio
ninth
okwesithoba Audio
ten
lishumi Audio
tenth
okweshumi Audio
eleven
lishumi elinanye Audio
eleventh
okweshumi elinanye Audio
twelve
lishumi elinesibini Audio
twelfth
okweshumi elinesibini Audio
thirteen
lishumi elinesithathu Audio
thirteenth
okweshumi elinesithathu Audio
fourteen
lishumi elinesine Audio
once
kanye Audio
fifteen
lishumi elinesihlanu Audio
twice
kabini Audio
sixteen
lishumi elinesithandathu Audio
Monday
umvulo Audio
seventeen
lishumi elinesixhenxe Audio
Tuesday
ulwesibini Audio
eighteen
lishumi elinesibhozo Audio
Wednesday
ulwesithathu Audio
nineteen
lishumi elinethoba Audio
Thursday
ulwesine Audio
twenty
amashumi amabini Audio
Friday
ulwesihlanu Audio
seventy one
amashumi asixhenxe ananye Audio
Saturday
umgqibelo Audio
one hundred
likhulu Audio
Sunday
icawa Audio

Numbers Grammar Rules

Xhosa cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Xhosa. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Xhosa
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
ndinezinja ezintathu Audio
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
intombi yam ineekati ezimbini Audio
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
uthetha iilwimi ezisixhenxe Audio
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
umtakwethu unonyana omnye Audio
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
esi sisifundo sam sesibini Audio
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
uyifundile incwadi yesithathu? Audio

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow Audio
inkomo
goat
goat Audio
ibhokhwe
donkey
donkey Audio
idonki
horse
horse Audio
ihashe
dog
dog Audio
inja
cat
cat Audio
ikati
mouse
mouse Audio
impuku
bird
bird Audio
intaka

Conversation in Xhosa

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

English
Xhosa
Where are you from?
uvelaphi? Audio
I'm from the U.S
ndivela eU.S Audio
I'm American
ndingumelika Audio
Where do you live?
Uhlalaphi? Audio
I live in the U.S
Ndihlala eU.S Audio
What do you do for a living?
Uziphilisa ngantoni? Audio
I'm a student
Ndiyafunda Audio

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Xhosa? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Xhosa Gender   Xhosa Gender

Xhosa Phrases   Xhosa Phrases



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