Some Ndebele animals names

Unjani umngane? Let us look at some names of common animals we may want to describe in isiNdebele:

indlovu= elephant
udube= zebra
inja= dog
umangoye= cat
inyoni (izinyoni)= bird (birds)
impisi= hyena (one of my favourite words)
ubabhemi= donkey
isilwane= lion
imvu= sheep
imbuzi= goat
inkomo (izinkomo)= cow (cows)
ingulube= pig
chongololo= centipede
inkukhu= chicken

1 comment:

  1. itshongololo not chongololo for centipede, that is a Shona spelling for a Ndebele word which I have never seen that word spelt like that before.

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