Zulu Phrases - Your African Adventure

An Introductory Course aimed at tourists and business travelers to South Africa.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Contents Video: 40 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Zulu is a beautiful language spoken by a proud African nation.

Do you dream about going on an African adventure? A vacation or business trip where you'll meet interesting people, learn about fascinating cultures and take in the stunning natural beauty of the African continent?

South Africa is the home of the Zulu nation, the jewel at the southern tip of Africa.

Zulu is the most widely spoken language in South Africa with more than eleven million mother tongue speakers.


This course is suitable to:

  • People who will be visiting South Africa for study, work, church, or vacation.
  • People who already live in South Africa and want to communicate more effectively in business and at home.
  • People who have a keen interest in foreign languages and cultures. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in Africa. It is amazing how so much of the Zulu's traditional culture is still practiced in today's modern society.


"Speak Zulu" is the first ever online Zulu language course. Your teacher, Sharl Henning has twenty four years’ experience in teaching Zulu to adults. He holds three university degrees in Zulu and has written a Zulu Course Book for Beginners and a Phrase Book with 700 useful English/Zulu Phrases.

Speaking to Zulu people in their own language will build cross-cultural bridges and improve both personal and business relationships.


The course content will take you a few weeks to master. You'll learn how to:

  • Pronounce the interesting Zulu sounds. Including the fun click sounds.
  • Greet someone respectfully.
  • Ask after his/her well-being.
  • Thank someone sincerely.
  • Say goodbye according to the Zulu custom.
  • Do the proper Zulu handshake.
  • NB! You'll also learn a large selection of useful tourist phrases. You'll be able to use these phrases when you visit for business or pleasure.

The course materials include videos and downloadable sound files (mp3) and pdf course notes.

The videos teach the content in a fun easy way and are filled with fascinating images of people partaking in the major Zulu cultural events. You'll see pictures of the Reed Dance Ceremony, the Shembe Church gathering, Zulu diviners/healers and Zulu warriors.

This is a basic beginner's course but will give you a solid foundation upon which you can build your Zulu language skills.

Get going today! Begin your African adventure right now!

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a keen interest in learning about exotic foreign languages and cultures. No previous Zulu language knowledge is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pronounce the interesting Zulu sounds. Including the fun click sounds.
  • Greet someone respectfully.
  • Ask after his/her well-being.
  • Thank someone sincerely.
  • Say goodbye according to the Zulu custom.
  • Do the proper Zulu handshake.
  • Know more about the fascinating culture and customs of the Zulu nation.

What is the target audience?

  • People who already live in South Africa and want to communicate more effectively in business and at home.
  • People who will be visiting South Africa for study, work, church, or vacation.
  • People who have a keen interest in foreign languages and cultures. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in Africa.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Halala! Congratulations!
00:51

In this course you'll learn how to Speak Zulu the fun easy way!

I'm your Zulu guru, Sharl Henning. As a child, I hung out with my Zulu friends and became fluent in Zulu. I then went on to complete three university degrees including a Masters degree in Zulu. I'm so happy you've joined in and am looking forward to teaching you! Hold on! It's going to be a fun ride!

01:57

Learn to speak Zulu! It's huge fun to see the expressions on people's faces when you start speaking to them in Zulu.

5 questions

Do you know the answers to these cool facts about the Zulu's?

Section 2: Say it...don't spray it!
00:38

Zulu pronunciation is not too difficult. I'll break it down in four parts; vowels, semi-vowels, consonants and click sounds.

01:33

Practice to say the five vowels in Zulu, a, e, i, o, u, (same as English).

00:45

There are two semi-vowels (y, w) in Zulu.

05:37

Many Zulu consonants are pronounced the same as in English. There are however a few consonant combinations, such as dl, th, ph, nk, which are pronounced quite different to English.

02:11

The best way to get the hang of this is to repeat after the teacher. I'll go through all the consonants one by one and give you a chance to practice your pronunciation.

02:09

Make sure your false teeth are in properly or they might end up on the floor! I'll show you how to say the fascinating Zulu click sounds. There are only three. c, q, x.

02:34

Here is a mixed bag of new words, each one has a specific sound that we have learned. Let's see if you can say them correctly. Especially the word qhaqhazela!

00:55

Well done! The pronunciation of the Zulu sounds can be challenging. Don't despair if you can't get it quite right yet. Practice makes perfect and the Zulu people won't mind if you speak with a foreign accent.

5 questions

Test your knowledge on the correct pronunciation of Zulu sounds.

Section 3: Greeting one person
01:23

Things to consider when you greet in Zulu:

  • Who should greet first?
  • How many people are you greeting at once?
  • Do you shake hands?

Download the the PDF course notes here.

04:27

The Zulus like to speak a lot! Therefore they prefer a greeting dialogue whereby they greet, ask after each other's well being, thank each other and also say goodbye (when they leave). All these phrases are discussed in this lecture.

00:42

This course gives you ample opportunity to practice. In this lecture you'll listen to how I say the phrases and will then repeat after me. This will help you memorize the phrases. You can also download the sound file and play it as often as possible.

00:22

My Zulu friend helps me here. We perform the greeting dialogue so that you can hear the correct pronunciation and speed of talking.

00:39

This is an interactive exercise whereby you get to chat to me. I'll play the part of voice 1 in the Zulu greeting dialogue, and you play voice 2. I'll start and then leave gaps which you'll fill with the correct Zulu phrases. You can also download the sound file and play this on your iPod. This way you'll have someone to talk to. Good thing is, you can repeat it over and over and I won't get tired! Good luck!

00:35

This is an interactive exercise whereby you get to chat to me. This time, you will play the part of voice 1 in the Zulu greeting dialogue, and I'll play voice 2. You begin talking when I say "Start!" on the video. You can also download the sound file and play this on your iPod. You can repeat it over and over until you're blue in the face! Great exercise ;-).

02:25

Within the Singular greeting form, the phrases "Ngikhona." (I am well.) and "Nami ngikhona." (I am well too.) can be replaced by a number of interesting phrases. These phrases are:

  • Ngisaphila. (I am well.)
  • Ngikhathele. (I am tired.)
  • Ngilambile. (I am hungry.)
  • Ngiyagula. (I am ill.)
03:31

Once you are comfortable with the greeting dialogue, you can up your game by adding a "form of address" word. These are words such as, Sir, Lady/Madam, Chief, Brother, Sister. You can add this after saying "Sawubona/Yebo". Really cool!

00:59

In this course we learned the Singular greeting form. This is a version of greeting which is used to greet one person only. For greeting groups, there is another version called the "Plural greeting form" .

5 questions

Test your knowledge on greeting an individual.

Section 4: Tourist Phrases
05:20

Here is a list of 23 Zulu/ English phrases especially useful if you will be visiting South Africa as a tourist. You'll be able to start talking from the moment your plane lands on African soil. The best way to learn these phrases is to listen and repeat until you know them off by heart. You can download the sound file if you wish to listen to it on your iPod.

10 questions

A quick quiz to test your knowledge on all the topics covered in this course.

00:56

This course gives you a solid foundation upon which you can build your Zulu language skills. Zulu is a modern, dynamic language and there is still much more you can learn. I will be updating and adding to this course from time to time. Revise this course content as often as possible to keep it fresh in your memory.

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Instructor Biography

Sharl Henning, Founder and facilitator at Learn Zulu

Sharl Henning is the founder and owner of the “Learn Zulu” a language school based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has twenty four years’ experience in teaching Zulu to adults. He holds three university degrees including a Master’s degree in Zulu. Sharl has written a Zulu Course Book for Beginners and a Phrase Book with 700 useful English/Zulu Phrases. He also has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Zulu customs and culture.

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