Home in isiNdebele

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Lamhla, we will talk about the word for "home" in isiNdebele.

indlu - house,

izindlu - houses,

phakathi kwendlu - in the house,

endlini - inside the house,

umninundlu - the head of the house,

owendlu - a member of the household,

ikhaya - home,

iseko - hearthstone,

umama - mother,

ubaba - father,

umfazi - my wife,

umkhami (indoda) - my husband.

For example, ekhaya means to be at home. You can say ubabone ekhaya - greet those at home (remember for the previous posts below, that ukubona means "to see", so this translates directly to "see them at home").

If you know any other related phrases in isiNdebele, leave them in the comments, in the community questions forum, or pop an email  to northernndebeleblog at gmail.com to interact more.

Bonus phrases: uthembekile - she is honest.
                         uyasebenza ngcono - her work is improving.
These are izinto eziqakathekileyo - important things, I'm sure you will agree. Until next time sala kuhle (stay well).


  1. May I have the free Ndebele phrasebook booklet

  2. Sure, just email us and we'll send it to you: northernndebeleblog@gmail.com .

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    1. It is at the back, the side farthest from the door.


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