Xhosa Phrases

The Xhosa phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: molo  Audio
What is your name?: ungubani igama lakho?  Audio
Nice to meet you: bekukuhle ukudibana nawe  Audio
How are you?: kunjani?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: ndiphilile enkosi  Audio
And you?: unjani wena?  Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Xhosa)?: Uthetha(isingesi/Punjabi)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: ngaba uthetha isiChina  Audio
A little bit: kancinane  Audio
How old are you?: mingaphi iminyaka yakho?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: Ndineminyaka engamashumi amathathu anesithathu ubudala  Audio
It was nice talking to you: Bekumnandi ukuncokola nawe  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: uthethukuthini?  Audio
I don't understand: Andiqondi  Audio
I don't know: Andazi  Audio
Sorry: uxolo  Audio
What is that called in Xhosa?: ibizwa ntoni ngesi Punjabi?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: lithetha ukuthini eligama ngesingesi?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: uvelaphi?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: ndivela eU.S  Audio
I'm American: ndingumelika  Audio
Where do you live?: Uhlalaphi?  Audio
I live in the U.S: Ndihlala eU.S  Audio
What do you do for a living?: Uziphilisa ngantoni?  Audio
I'm a student: Ndiyafunda  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: ndingakunceda?  Audio
Can you help me?: ungandinceda?  Audio
Where is the airport?: liphi iziko lenqwelo moya?  Audio
Go straight: hamba ngqo  Audio
Then: uze  Audio
Turn left: ujike ngasekhohlo  Audio
Turn right: ujike ngasekunene  Audio


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Good wishes in Xhosa in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: halala ngemini yakho yokuzalwa  Audio
Happy new year: halala kulonyaka omtsha  Audio
Merry Christmas: krisimesi emnandi  Audio
Good luck: sikunqwenelela impumelelo  Audio
Congratulations: Halala!  Audio

Xhosa expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: ndigcinelwe indAwo  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: ngaba unalo igumbi elikhoyo?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: bendingathanda igumbi elingatshayelwayo kulo  Audio
How much it costs per night?: yimalini igumbi lokulala ubusuku obunye?  Audio
Waiter: weyita  Audio
How much is this?: Yimalini lento?  Audio
What is this?: Yintoni le?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: uphilile?  Audio
I need a doctor: ndifuna ugqirha  Audio
Help: nceda  Audio
Call the ambulance: biza inqwelo yezigulani  Audio
Call the police: biza amapolisa  Audio
I am sick: Ndiyagula  Audio

These Xhosa phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Xhosa Vocabulary and Xhosa Grammar, you might want to visit our Xhosa Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Xhosa Vocabulary

Xhosa Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Xhosa phrases.