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Virtual Zulu

Lesson 13: Vowel commencing and monosyllabic verbs

Aims Of This Lesson

Communication :

To enable learners to use vowel-starting and monosyllabic verbs correctly

Grammar :

Vowel-commencing and monosyllabic verbs

Comprehension

  • Dialogue

    uKristina: Woza lapha we Celo.

    uCelo: Ufuna ukuthi ngenzeni?

    uKrestina: Ngifuna ungisize lapha ngewashini. Uma lomile ngiyakucela ulingenise ngoba kufanele mina ngiye edolobheni ukuthenga ukudla.

    uCelo: Hey wena uyazi ukuthi mina anginasikhathi ukwenza lokhu?

    uKrestina: Yebo, kodwa bengicabanga ukukuthengela isipho edolobheni uma wena uyangenzela lo msebenzi.

    uCelo: Kulungile –ke ngizokwenza. Kufanele ngilibekephi iwashini?

    uKrestina: Ekishini. Ngizoli-ayina ngesikhathi ngibuyile.

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    Vocabulary

    Zulu English
    Ngezeni? What should I do?
    Ungisize you should help me
    Ngewashini with the washing
    Lomile it is dry
    Ngiyakucela I ask you
    Ulingenise to bring it in
    Anginasikhathi I don’t have time
    Ukwenza to do
    Bengicabanga I thought
    Ukukuthengela to buy for you
    Isipho a present
    Uyangezela you do this for me
    Ngilibekephi where should I put it (the washing)
    Ekhishini in the kitchen
    Ngizoli-ayina I will iron it

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  • Exercises

    Please translate the following sentences into Zulu.

    1. Father is building our house but my brother is refusing to help him.
    2. We like to do our school work.
    3. In winter (ebusika) we like to warm ourselves.
    4. The children are getting dressed because we want to go to town.
    5. I have to (kufanele) wipe the table in the kitchen everyday.
    6. Mother roasts meat on Sundays.
    7. The people desend from the mountain.
    8. Today we have to dry our washing (izingubo).
    9. Come to us today.
    10. I can hear him. Can you hear him?
    11. When they have done their school work, we will have a barbeque (-osa).
    12. It is very bad to steal. Ons should go and do your work and earn some money.
    13. My dad built our house long time ago.
    14. Is the washing dry? If it is dry, I will have to bring it into the house.

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  • Comprehension

    Kufanele sisebenze ekhaya namuhla ngoba umama usicele ukumsiza. Sonke sinomsebenzi. Ubhuti usebenza phandle. Kufanele ashanele ibala ngoba lingcolile. Mina ngisula konke phakathi endlini bese ngizoshanela. Umama uyabhaka. Uyasibhakela ikhekhe elimnandi lo shokolethe. Sonke sizama ukusheshisa ngomsebenzi. Kufanele siqede masinyane ngoba niyabona ukuthi ubaba umeme umalume no-anti nezingane zabo. Ubaba ufuna ukosa inyama yenkomo nemvu namuhla ntambama. Sonke sithanda ukudla inyama. Sizodla nophuthu, ngoba thina singamaZulu. AmaZulu athanda uphuthu kakhulu.

    Izihlobo zethu zifike manje. Ubaba nomama nathi siya emotweni yabo ukubabingelela. Mina nobhuti sizodlala noZandile noCelo. Bona bangabazala bethu.

    Kuqala sizophuza itiye, sidle nekhekhe likamama bese sosa inyama. Anazi ukuthi ikhekhe limnandi kanjani. Ngimcele umama alenze le khekhe kanye futhi. Ubaba uqale ukosa inyama manje. Umama uyasibisa size ukudla. Inyama nophuthu lumnandi kakhulu. Konke kumandi namuhla. Kumnandi ukubonana nabo.
     

    Questions

    Kufanele basebenzelani?
    Mina ngisebenza kuphi futhi kufanele ngenzeni?
    Sizodlani namuhla? Ngubani uzosa inyama?
    Sizodla nini?
    AmaZulu athanda ukudlani?
    Bazosa inyama nini?

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  • Vocabulary
    Zulu English
    Usicele she asked us
    Ukumsiza to help her
    Ashanele he (should) sweep
    Phandle outside
    Ibala the yard
    Lingcolile it is dirty
    Ngisula I wipe
    Phakathi inside
    Uyasibhakela she bakes us
    Ikhekhe cake
    Elimnandi which is nice
    Lo shokolethe of chocolate
    Ukusheshisa to hurry up/to be quick
    Siqede we (should) finish
    Masinyane quickly
    Niyabona you see
    Umeme he invited
    Umalume uncle
    No-anti and aunt
    Nezingane zabo and their children
    Ukosa to roast (barbeque) (uku+osa = uk (u)osa = ukosa)
    Inyama meat
    Yenkomo of cattle (beef)
    Nemvu and sheep (mutton/lamb)
    Namuhla today
    Ntambama evening
    Sizodla we will eat
    Nophuthu also ‘pap’ (maize like polenta)
    SingamaZulu we are Zulus
    Izihlobo zethu our relatives
    Emotweni yabo to their car
    Ukubabingelela to greet them
    Nobhuti and brother
    noZandile with Zandile (female name)
    noCelo and Celo (male name)
    Bangabazala they are (our) cousins
    Kuqala at first
    Bese sosa and then we will barbeque
    Anazi you don’t know
    Limnandi kanjani how much (the cake) is nice
    Alenze to make
    Kanye futhi once again
    Ukubonana to see each other

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