Zulu Plural

Welcome to the fourth Zulu lesson about the plural. This time we will learn about the singular form and what it looks like in the plural, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of emergency phrases.

book
book Audio
incwadi
books
books Audio
izincwadi
car
car Audio
imoto
cars
cars Audio
izimoto
tree
tree Audio
isihlahla
trees
trees Audio
izihlahla
flower
flower Audio
imbali
flowers
flowers Audio
izimbali

Plural Grammar Rules

The plural is the form which refers to more than one object or person. For example: I speak two languages the plural here is [languages] because it refers to more than one [language]. The examples below use plurals in different ways and places to demonstrate how they look when converted from their singular form.

Grammar + Rules
Zulu
I speak one language
[singular form]
ngikhuluma ulimi olulodwa Audio
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
sikhuluma izilimi ezintathu Audio
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
uvakashela amazwe amaningi Audio
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
bajabulile manje Audio
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
unezicathulo ezibovu ezintathu Audio
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
ngifuna isamishi elingenawo ehhanyanisi Audio

The following is a list of examples showing both the singular and plural form. This demonstrates how the plural is used with humans, objects and animals.

woman
woman Audio
umfazi
women
women Audio
abafazi
man
man Audio
indoda
men
men Audio
amadoda
house
house Audio
indlu
houses
houses Audio
izindlu
cup
country Audio
inkomishi
cups
countries Audio
izinkomishi
cow
cow Audio
inkomo
cows
cows Audio
izinkomo
horse
horse Audio
ihhashi
horses
horses Audio
amahhashi

Emergency Phrases

Now it's time to practice your Zulu by looking at these phrases which are related to emergencies. Be prepared when traveling abroad, just in case you need help or by offering help to someone else. I recommend writing these expressions down on a notebook before traveling.

English
Zulu
Help
usizo Audio
Call the ambulance
biza i-ambulensi Audio
I need a doctor
ngidinga udokotela Audio
Where is the closest pharmacy?
likuphi ikhemisi eliseduzane? Audio
Are you okay?
uyaphila? Audio
I am sick
ngiyagula Audio
Call the police
biza amaphoyisa Audio

Did you enjoy this lesson about the plural 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 Nouns   Zulu Nouns

Zulu Gender   Zulu Gender



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