Xhosa phrasebook

Xhosa is a language of South Africa.

source : Wikivoyage

Pronounciation Guide and Phrase List

  • Vowels

    · a,like a in hard

    · e,like e in red

    · i,like ee in seen

    · o,like a in all

    · u,like oo in moon

  • Consonants

    · d, f, h, j, l, m, n,Pronounced as in English

    · s, sh, v, w, y, z,Pronounced as in English

    · dl,Similar in sound to hl ("see below")

    · g,always like g in go

    · hl,Place your tongue to the side of your mouth and expel the air ("like Welsh ll sound")

    · ts,A hissing sound made by placing your tongue just above your teeth and ejecting air.

    · tsh,similar to dge in judge

    · ty,similar to dge in judge

    · r,pronounced like "ch" in Reich

  • Clicks

    · c,Place your tongue at the back of the teeth and suck in, like when expressing annoyance.

    · q,Place your tongue on the roof of the mouth and suck in, like imitating a clock's ticking.

    · x,Place your tongue on your upper right jaw and pull it down, as if urging on a horse.

  • Basics

    · Hello.,Molo.

    · Hello. ("informal"),Kunjani.

    · How are you?,Unjani?

    · Fine, thank you.,Ndiyaphila.

    · And how are you?,Wena unjani?

    · What is your name?,Ngubani igama lakho?

    · My name is ______ .,Igama lam ngu ______ .

    · Nice to meet you.,Ndiyavuya ukukwazi.

    · Please.,Ndicela. ('Ndiyacela' ")

    · Thank you.,Enkosi. or ('Ndiyabulela')

    · You're welcome.,. ('wamkelekile' ")

    · Yes.,Ewe.

    · No.,Hayi.

    · Excuse me. ("getting attention"),. ('ndicela uxolo ") or ('uxolo ")

    · Excuse me. ("begging pardon"),Uxolo andivanga.

    · I'm sorry.,. ('ndixolele' ")

    · Goodbye,Uhambe/Usale kakuhle.

    · Goodbye ("informal"),. (" ")

    · I can't speak Xhosa.,Andithethi isiXhosa.

    · Do you speak English?,Uyasithetha isingesi na?

    · Is there someone here who speaks English?,? ('Ukhona apha umntu othetha isiNgesi' ?")

    · Good morning.,Molo.

    · Good evening.,. ('Molo' ")

    · Good night.,Ulale kakuhle.

    · Good night ("to sleep"),. (" ")

    · I don't understand.,Andiqondi.

    · I don't know.,Andazi.

    · Where is the toilet?,? ('Iphi indlu yangasese' ?")

  • Problems

    · My ... have been stolen.,I ... yam intshontshiwe. or ('I ... yam ibiwe' ")

    · I've lost my ...,Ndilahlekelwe yi ...

    · handbag,isingxobo or ibhegi

    · passport,pasipoti ('incwadi yokundwendwela' ")

    · luggage,mpahla

    · wallet,spaji

  • Numbers

    · 0,unothi

    · 1,-nye

    · 2,-mbini

    · 3,-ntathu

    · 4,-ne

    · 5,hlanu

    · 6,-thandathu

    · 7,-sixhenxe

    · 8,-sibhozo

    · 9,-sithoba

    · 10,-shumi

  • Time

    · "English expressions for telling the time are commonly used by Xhosa speakers"

  • Duration

    · in the morning,kusasa

    · during the day,emini

    · in the evening,ngokuhlwa

    · in the afternoon,emvakwemini

    · at night,ebusuku

    · yesterday,izolo

    · today,namhlanje

    · tomorrow,ngomso

  • Days

    · Sunday,iCawe

    · Monday,uMvulo

    · Tuesday,uLwesibini

    · Wednesday,uLwesithathu

    · Thursday,uLwesine

    · Friday,uLweshlanu

    · Saturday,uMgqibelo

  • Months

    · January,uMdumba

    · February,uMthupha

    · March,ukwindla

    · April,uThazimpunzi

    · May,uCanzibe

    · June,uSilimela

    · July,uNtulikazi

    · August,eyeKhala

    · September,eyoMsintsi

    · October,eyeDwarha

    · November,eyeNkanga

    · December,eyoMnga

  • Colors

    · black,mnyama

    · blue,luhlaza

    · brown,ntsundu

    · green,luhlaza

    · orange,orenji

    · red,bomvu

    · white,mhlophe

    · yellow,mthubi

  • Taxi

    · How much is it to...?,Yimalini ukuya e...? (" !")

    · Take me to this address.,Ndise kule dilesi.

    · Please stop here,Yima apha

  • Lodging

    · I need a room,Ndifuna igumbi

    · One room,Igumbi elinye

    · Two rooms,Amagumbi amabini

    · Single room,Igumbi lomntu omnye

    · Double room,Igumbi labantu ababini

    · Per person,Umntu emnye

    · Bed and Breakfast,

    · A meal,Isidlo

    · Beaverages or Drinks,Isiselo

    · Supper,Isidlo sangokuhlwa

    · Lunch,Isidlo sasemini

    · Dinner,Isidlo sasemvakwemini

    · Kitchen,Igumbi lokuphekela ('Ekhitshini')

    · Sharing,Kunye ('ukwabelana')?

  • Money

    · Money,Imali

    · In cash,eziinkozo

    · Cheque,itsheke ?

    · Postal order,

    · Coins,imali eziinkozo

    · Notes,imali engamaphepa

    · Expensive,ixabisa kakhulu or iyabiza

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  • Driving

    · Turn,jika

    · Left,ekhohlo

    · Right,ekunene

    · Stop,('stop the car' "): misa or ('yima')

    · Go,hamba

    · Forward,phambili

    · Go forward,bheka phambili

    · Straight ahead,phambili

    · Gravel road,indlela yomhlaba

  • Emergency

    · Help!,Nceda!

    · Look out!,Qaphela!

    · Call the police!,Biza amapolisa!

    · Get a doctor!,Biza ugqirha!

    · Go away!,Hamba

    · I'm ill.,Ndiyagula.

    · I'm lost.,Ndilahlekile.

    · Leave me alone!,Ndiyeke!

    · Stop thief!,Yima sela!

  • Communication

    · Telephone,Umnxeba

    · Telegram,Ucingo

    · Mobile or Cellphone,('makhal'ekhukhwini'? / 'nomyayi'? / 'umnxeba wasesinqeni'?)

    · Make a call,tsala umnxeba

    · Give So&So a call,tsalela u So&So umnxeba

    · Mail,Iposi,By post : ngeposi

    · Fast mail,iposi engxamisekileyo