Xhosa Verbs

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

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

Present Tense
Xhosa
I speak English
ndithetha isingesi Audio
you speak French
uthetha isiFrench Audio
he speaks German
Uthetha isiJamani Audio
she speaks Italian
Uthetha isinTaliyane Audio
we speak Arabic
sithetha isiArabhu Audio
they speak Chinese
bathetha isiChina Audio

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

Past Tense
Xhosa
I visited France
ndityelele eFrance Audio
you visited Italy
utyelele eItali Audio
he visited Morocco
utyelele eMoroko Audio
she visited China
utyelele eChina Audio
we visited Mexico
sityelele eMexico Audio
they visited Kenya
Batyelele eKenya Audio

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

Future Tense
Xhosa
I will drink milk
ndizosela ubisi Audio
you will drink coffee
uzosela ikofi Audio
he will drink tea
uzosela iti Audio
she will drink water
uzosela amanzi Audio
we will drink apple juice
sizosela ijusi ye-apile Audio
they will drink tea
bazosela iti Audio

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

ear
ear Audio
indlebe
eye
eye Audio
iliso
mouth
mouth Audio
umlomo
nose
nose Audio
impumlo
hair
hair Audio
inwele
face
face Audio
ubuso
head
head Audio
intloko
heart
heart Audio
intliziyo
hand
hand Audio
isandla
fingers
fingers Audio
iminwe
leg
leg Audio
umlenze
feet
feet Audio
iinyawo

Travel Phrases in Xhosa

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

English
Xhosa
Can you help me?
ungandinceda? Audio
Can I help you?
ndingakunceda? Audio
Where is the airport?
liphi iziko lenqwelo moya? Audio
Go straight
hamba ngqo Audio
Then
uze Audio
Turn left
ujike ngasekhohlo Audio
Turn right
ujike ngasekunene Audio

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Xhosa 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.

Xhosa Vocabulary   Xhosa Vocabulary

Xhosa Audio   Xhosa Audio



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