Insuku Zonke Usuku Lonke

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Lamhla, we will talk about how to say "every" or "all" in isiNdebele. For example, for breakfast today, ngadl' amaqanda wonke (I ate all the eggs). We will learn about saying everything, sisonke (we altogether).

Khumbula, siyaposta new lessons on the Ndebele lessons tab, so go there for over 40 lessons for you to learn isiNdebele formally, lesson 42 might give you the answer to everything, or perhaps lesson 44 will tell you how to say "everything" better:


For those who read the title, you will probably like to know that it means:

insuku zonke - every day,

usuku lonke - all day.

Now you will notice that there are differences for the word for all/ every. It uses the same stem, -nke, but it is different in isiNdebele based on how the noun starts. So if you forgot the noun classes such as isi/izi etc, now is a good time to polish up, because the word for "all" is dependent on these. Once you know that, you will find it easy to say phrases such as:

izindlu zonke - all of the houses/ huts,

imizi yonke - all of the villages,

umuzi wonke - the entire village,

wonke umuntu - every person,

omama bonke - all of the women,

yonke indoda - every man,

impuphu yonke - all of the mealie meal,

ukudla konke - all of the food. Now I am hungry again, sengilambile, ngizakunath'itiye.

Kuhle, for today was that everything, konke? Leave a comment if you think of more of everything, or if you liked the post. 

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