Zulu Gender

Welcome to the fifth Zulu lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Zulu to help you practice your daily phrases.

man
man Audio
indoda
woman
woman Audio
umfazi
husband
husband Audio
umyeni
wife
wife Audio
unkosikazi
boy
boy Audio
umfana
girl
girl Audio
intombazane
father
father Audio
ubaba
mother
mother Audio
umama

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Zulu
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
indodana yami ingumfundi Audio
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
indodakazi yakhe ingumfundi Audio
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
unomfowabo omunde Audio
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
unodadewabo omude Audio
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
abafowabo bancane Audio
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
odadewabo bancane Audio

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son Audio
indodana
daughter
daughter Audio
indodakazi
brother
brother Audio
umfowethu
sister
sister Audio
udadewethu
grandfather
grandfather Audio
umkhulu
grandmother
grandmother Audio
ugogo
child
child Audio
ingane
children
children Audio
izingane

Expressions in Zulu

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Zulu, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Zulu
What do you mean?
uqonde ukuthini? Audio
I don't understand
angiqondi Audio
I don't know
angazi Audio
What is that called in Zulu?
loku kubizwa ngokuthini ngesizulu? Audio
What is this?
yini le? Audio
What does that word mean in English?
lelo gama lichaza ukuthini ngesingisi? Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
uxolo Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Zulu. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Zulu Plural   Zulu Plural

Zulu Numbers   Zulu Numbers



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