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Get to know the local lingo with some zulu phrases

Zulu Phrases

Oct 26, 2017

Enjoy learning a little of the local lingo! If you have any difficulty with pronunciation, please don’t hesitate to ask us the next time that you visit the hotel!

Note: sg = singular (said to one person), pl – plural (said to more than one person)

 

Hello

  • Sawubona (sg)
  • Sanibonani (pl)

 

How are you?

  • Unjani? (sg)
  • Ninjani? (pl)

 

Reply to ‘How are you?’ 

  • Ngikhona, ngiyabonga. Wena Unjani? (sg) – Meaning: I’m well, thank you, how are you?
  • Sikhona, siyabonga. Nina ninjani? (pl) – Meaning: We are well, thank you, how are you?

 

What is your name?

  • Ngubani igama lakho?

 

My name is …

  • Igama lami ngu …

 

Pleased to meet you

  • Ngiyajabula ukuwazi

 

Good night

  • Lala kahle (sg)
  • Lalani kahle (pl)

 

Goodbye

  • Sala kahle (sg – to person staying)
  • Salani kahle (pl – to people staying)
  • Hamba kahle (sg – to person going)
  • Hambani kahle (pl – to people going)

 

Yes

  • Yebo

 

No

  • Cha

 

I don’t know

  • Angazi

 

Have a nice day

  • Ube nosuku oluhle (sg)
  • Nibe nosulu ulohle (pl)

 

 

 

 

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