1st Edition

Colloquial Zulu The Complete Course for Beginners

By Sandra Sanneh, Mary Hammond-Bloem Copyright 2021
    330 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    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


    Sandra Sanneh is Senior Lector II Emerita at Yale University.

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