Speak Ndebele

On this web-site you will trip over some words in Sindebele what is my mother tongue. Don't mind I will explain them to you and if you like I will teach you some words in my language - think we will have much fun. You may already start in checking out this 'dictionary'.

 

"The Northern Ndebele language, isiNdebele, or Ndebele is an African language belonging to the Nguni group of  Bantu languages, and spoken by the Ndebele or Matabele people of Zimbabwe. It is commonly known as Sindebele" (from: Wikipedia)

 

In Ndebele there are three click sounds c, q and x. But I will teach you the clicks when on Safari - if you like!

   
welcome

ngiyakwamukela or umbingelelo

hello sawubona
good morning
isasa elihle
good evening
ukuhlwa okuhle
yes / no
yebo / cha
thank you ngiyabonga
river / lake umfula / ichibi
water amanzi
boat / canoe isikebhe
path indlela
mountain / hill intaba / igquma
tree / flower isihlahla / imbali
forest / graslands ihlathi / idlelo
hippopotamus imvubu

crocodile

ingwenya

elephant

indlovu

impala

impala

waterbuck

iphiva
african wild dog inkentshane
   

 


Background photo on top - Bono Lunga