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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