Zulu Vocabulary

The Zulu vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: kunye  Audio Two: kubili  Audio Three: kuthathu  Audio
Four: kune  Audio Five: kuhlanu  Audio Six: isithupha  Audio
Seven: isikhombisa  Audio Eight: isishiyagalombili  Audio Nine: isishiyagalolunye  Audio
Ten: ishumi  Audio First: okokuqala  Audio Second: okwesibili  Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: umsombuluko  Audio Tuesday: ulwesibili  Audio Wednesday: ulwesithathu  Audio
Thursday: ulwesine  Audio Friday: ulwesihlanu  Audio Saturday: umgqibelo  Audio
Sunday: isonto  Audio Now: manje  Audio Yesterday: izolo  Audio
Today: namuhla  Audio Tonight: namuhla ebusuku  Audio Tomorrow: kusasa  Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: izithelo  Audio Apples: amahhabhula  Audio
Bananas: obhanana  Audio Tomatoes: utamatisi  Audio
Potatoes: amazambane   Audio Onions: uhhanyanisi  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: okubovu  Audio Green: okuluhlaza satshani  Audio Blue: okuluhlaza sasibhakabhaka  Audio
White: okumnhlophe  Audio Black: okumnyama  Audio Grey: okungwevu  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: isidlo sasekuseni  Audio Lunch: isidlo sasemini  Audio
Dinner: isidlo sasebusuku  Audio Milk: ubisi  Audio
Coffee: ikhofi  Audio Bread: isinkwa  Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: kubalele  Audio Windy: kunomoya  Audio Rainy: liyana  Audio
Snowy: likhithikile  Audio Cold: kuyabanda  Audio Hot: kuyashisa  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: umfana  Audio Girl: intombazane  Audio
Son: indodana  Audio Daughter: indodakazi  Audio
Brother: umfowethu  Audio Sister: udadewethu  Audio
Man: indoda  Audio Woman: umfazi  Audio
Father: ubaba  Audio Mother: umama  Audio
Grandfather: umkhulu  Audio Grandmother: ugogo  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: indlu yangasese  Audio Toilet: indlu yangasese  Audio Room: igumbi  Audio
Bedroom: ikamelo  Audio Kitchen: ikhishi  Audio Table: itafula  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: ikati  Audio Dog: inja  Audio Mouse: igundane  Audio
Bird: inyoni  Audio Cow: inkomo  Audio Horse: ihhashi  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: amasokisi  Audio Shoes: izicathulo  Audio Trousers: ibhulukwe  Audio
Shirt: ihembe  Audio Sweater: ijezi  Audio Coat: ijazi  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: isingisi  Audio French: isi-french  Audio German: isijalimani  Audio
Spanish: isipanishi  Audio Italian: isintaliyana  Audio Portuguese: isiputukezi  Audio
Greek: isigrikhi  Audio Russian: isirashiya  Audio Arabic: isi-arabic  Audio
Hindi: isihindi  Audio Chinese: isishayina  Audio Japanese: isijaphani  Audio


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: itekisi  Audio Bus: ibhasi  Audio
Hotel: ihhotela  Audio Reservation: okugciniwe  Audio
Airport: esikhumulweni sezindiza  Audio Passport: i-passport  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: umfundi  Audio Teacher: uthisha  Audio Pen: ipeni  Audio
Books: izincwadi  Audio Page: ikhasi  Audio Dictionary: isichazamazwi  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: isandla  Audio Feet: izinyawo  Audio Hair: izinwele  Audio
Eye: iso  Audio Mouth: umlomo  Audio Nose: ikhala  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: i-ambulensi  Audio Doctor: udokotela  Audio
Hospital: isibhedlela  Audio Pharmacy: ikhemesi  Audio
Police: amaphoyisa  Audio Stomach Ache: ukuphathwa isisu  Audio

As you can see, this Zulu vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.