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 TenseZulu
I speak Englishngikhuluma isingisi Audio
you speak Frenchukhuluma isi-french Audio
he speaks Germanukhuluma isijalimani Audio
she speaks Italianukhuluma isintaliyani Audio
we speak Arabicsikhuluma isi-arabic Audio
they speak Chinesebakhuluma isishayina Audio

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

Past TenseZulu
I visited Francengivakashele e-france Audio
you visited Italyuvakashele entaliyana Audio
he visited Moroccouvakashele emorocco Audio
she visited Chinauvakashele eshayina Audio
we visited Mexicosivakashele emexico Audio
they visited Kenyabavakashele 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 TenseZulu
I will drink milkngizophuza ubisi Audio
you will drink coffeeuzophuza ikhofi Audio
he will drink teauzophuza itiye Audio
she will drink wateruzophuza amanzi Audio
we will drink apple juicesizophuza idilinki yehhabhula Audio
they will drink teabazophuza 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!

EnglishZulu
Can you help me?ungangisiza? Audio
Can I help you?ngingakusiza? Audio
Where is the airport?sikuphi isikhumulo sezindiza? Audio
Go straighthamba uqonde Audio
Thenbese Audio
Turn leftuphendukela esinxeleni Audio
Turn rightuphendukele 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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