Zulu Verbs

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

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

Present Tense
Zulu
I speak English
ngikhuluma isingisi Audio
you speak French
ukhuluma isi-french Audio
he speaks German
ukhuluma isijalimani Audio
she speaks Italian
ukhuluma isintaliyani Audio
we speak Arabic
sikhuluma isi-arabic Audio
they speak Chinese
bakhuluma isishayina Audio

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

Past Tense
Zulu
I visited France
ngivakashele e-france Audio
you visited Italy
uvakashele entaliyana Audio
he visited Morocco
uvakashele emorocco Audio
she visited China
uvakashele eshayina Audio
we visited Mexico
sivakashele emexico Audio
they visited Kenya
bavakashele ekenya Audio

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

Future Tense
Zulu
I will drink milk
ngizophuza ubisi Audio
you will drink coffee
uzophuza ikhofi Audio
he will drink tea
uzophuza itiye Audio
she will drink water
uzophuza amanzi Audio
we will drink apple juice
sizophuza idilinki yehhabhula Audio
they will drink tea
bazophuza itiye Audio

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

ear
ear Audio
indlebe
eye
eye Audio
iso
mouth
mouth Audio
umlomo
nose
nose Audio
ikhala
hair
hair Audio
izinwele
face
face Audio
ubuso
head
head Audio
ikhanda
heart
heart Audio
inhliziyo
hand
hand Audio
isandla
fingers
fingers Audio
iminwe
leg
leg Audio
umlenze
feet
feet Audio
izinyawo

Travel Phrases in Zulu

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

English
Zulu
Can you help me?
ungangisiza? Audio
Can I help you?
ngingakusiza? Audio
Where is the airport?
sikuphi isikhumulo sezindiza? Audio
Go straight
hamba uqonde Audio
Then
bese Audio
Turn left
uphendukela esinxeleni Audio
Turn right
uphendukele kwesokudla Audio

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Zulu 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.

Zulu Vocabulary   Zulu Vocabulary

Zulu Audio   Zulu Audio



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