IsiNdebele is the beautiful and expressive language of the Matabele/ amaNdebele people of Zimbabwe and is spoken in Southern Africa. It is sometimes called Northern Ndebele/ siNdebele. This blog gives you some simple appreciation of the isiNdebele language. Beginners please read from the bottom post before you read the newest posts at the top. Your comments are welcome for any suggestions or assistance.
IsiNdebele language: Northern Ndebele African language
Angithi, ufuna ukufunda? Learning isiNdebele during iCovid19.
Salibonani bangane. We hope you are doing alright in this Covid19. Lamhla we have some Ndebele vocabulary to use at home. Angithi, ufuna ukufunda? (You want to learn, right? Many have been asking so we dusted off our computer keyboards). We also posted some new isiNdebele lessons (there are now over 30 lessons) in the lessons tab, for you to enjoy, and you can answer or ask questions in the community questions tab.
Ngiyaphile - I am healthy
Ukudla kusele na? - Is there any food left?
Ukudla kwaphela - The food is finished (because there is nothing else to do indoors)
Impuphu kayikho - There is no mealie meal
Umama ugqoke ipyjamas - Mother is wearing her pyjamas (covid19 work clothes) Ngifanele ukusebenza - I must work
Ubaba usuthi - Father is full (from eating)
Isisu - stomach (is the boss)
Isinkwa - bread loaf
Abantwana bathanda ukudla sibili - The children like to eat, very much
Amanzi kawakho - There is no water
Umntwana kalalanga - The child has not gone to sleep Kabalalanga - They are not asleep Sicaphukile - We are annoyed
Umntwana ukhalile/ udlalile - The child cried/ played
Insane kazikhali - The babies are not crying (luckily)
Abantwana baphandle - The children are outdoors
Ubeke ngaphi impahla? - Where did you put the things?
Angifuni ukuhlala lapha nsukuzonke - I don't want to stay here every day
Izolo, lamhla, njalo kusasa - Yesterday, today, and tomorrow (the days seem to be the same)
Kangimbonanga - I haven't seen her (my friend)
And a final very important Ndebele phrase, Ufundeni lamuhla? - What did you learn today?
Salanikuhle (stay well everyone), until next time, stay safe and keep enjoying learning isiNdebele.