1st Edition

Colloquial Zulu
The Complete Course for Beginners

ISBN 9780415837170
Published May 28, 2021 by Routledge
330 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

USD $50.95

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Book Description

Colloquial Zulu is an easy-to-use and up-to-date guide to the Zulu language. Specially written for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Zulu. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Zulu your best choice in language learning?

  • It’s interactive – it has lots of exercises for regular practice.
  • It’s clear – it has concise grammar notes.
  • It’s practical – it has useful vocabulary and a pronunciation guide .
  • It’s complete – it includes an answer key and reference section.

Whether you’re a business traveller or you work for an NGO, whether you’re studying to teach or are looking forward to a holiday – if you’d like to get up and running with Zulu, this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations. This course is also ideal for an institution-based setting with its clear language pedagogy, cultural information and notes.

Accompanying audio material, recorded by native speakers, is available free online at www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. The audio material will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Pronunciation Guide

Unit 1: Ukubingelela


Unit 2: Uvelaphi?

Where are you from?

Unit 3: Uyaphi?

Where are you going?

Unit 4: Impilo yomndeni

Family Life

Unit 5: Kubiza malini?

How much does it cost?

Unit 6: Ukuhlangana nabangane

Social Life

Unit 7: Umndeni nabangane

Family and Friends

Unit 8: Ukugula nokwelapha

Illness and treatment

Unit 9: Ukuthenga


Unit 10: Ukuthatha uhambo

Taking a trip

Unit 11: Ukungcebeleka


Unit 12: Ukuvakashela esiqiwini

Visiting a Game Reserve

Unit 13: Kudala

Long ago

Unit 14: Ukuthuthela iGoli

Moving to Johannesburg

Unit 15: Amaholidi nezingozi

Holidays and Accidents

Reference Grammar

Reference Grammar Index

Key to Exercises

Zulu – English Glossary

English – Zulu Glossary

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Sandra Sanneh is Senior Lector II Emerita at Yale University.

Mary Hammond-Bloem is Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.