Zulu Numbers

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

Cardinal and Ordinal
Zulu
one
kunye Audio
first
okokuqala Audio
two
kubili Audio
second
okwesibili Audio
three
kuthathu Audio
third
okwesithathu Audio
four
kune Audio
fourth
okwesine Audio
five
kuhlanu Audio
fifth
okwesihlanu Audio
six
isithupha Audio
sixth
okwesithupha Audio
seven
isikhombisa Audio
seventh
okwesikhombisa Audio
eight
isishiyagalombili Audio
eighth
okwesishiyagalombili Audio
nine
isishiyagalolunye Audio
ninth
okwesishiyagalolunye Audio
ten
ishumi Audio
tenth
okweshumi Audio
eleven
ishumi nanye Audio
eleventh
okweshumi nanye Audio
twelve
ishumi nambili Audio
twelfth
okweshumi nambili Audio
thirteen
ishumi nantathu Audio
thirteenth
okweshumi nantathu Audio
fourteen
ishumi nane Audio
once
kanye Audio
fifteen
ishumi nanhlanu Audio
twice
kabili Audio
sixteen
ishumi nesithupha Audio
Monday
umsombuluko Audio
seventeen
ishumi nesikhombisa Audio
Tuesday
ulwesibili Audio
eighteen
ishumi nesishiyagalombili Audio
Wednesday
ulwesithathu Audio
nineteen
ishumi nesishiyagalolunye Audio
Thursday
ulwesine Audio
twenty
amashumi amabili Audio
Friday
ulwesihlanu Audio
seventy one
amashumi ayisikhombisa nanye Audio
Saturday
umgqibelo Audio
one hundred
ikhulu Audio
Sunday
isonto Audio

Numbers Grammar Rules

Zulu 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 Zulu. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Zulu
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
nginezinja ezintathu Audio
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
indodakazi yami inamakati amabili Audio
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
ukhuluma izilimi eziyisikhombisa Audio
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
umfowethu unendodana eyodwa Audio
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
yisifundo sami sesibili lesi 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
imbuzi
donkey
donkey Audio
imbongolo
horse
horse Audio
ihhashi
dog
dog Audio
inja
cat
cat Audio
ikati
mouse
mouse Audio
igundane
bird
bird Audio
inyoni

Conversation in Zulu

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
Zulu
Where are you from?
uvelaphi? Audio
I'm from the U.S
ngisuka e-u.s Audio
I'm American
ngingumelikana Audio
Where do you live?
uhlala kuphi? Audio
I live in the U.S
ngihlala e-u.s Audio
What do you do for a living?
wenza msebenzi muni? Audio
I'm a student
ngingumfundi Audio

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Zulu? 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.

Zulu Gender   Zulu Gender

Zulu Phrases   Zulu Phrases



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