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Colloquial Zulu
The Complete Course for Beginners

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

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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 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.