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Lesson 005 - Common Shona Phrases
September 24, 2009 08:40 PM PDT
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2 Easy Sentances with Common Phrases

That girl is walking to the market - Musikana uyo arikufamba ku Musika.

Musikana - Girl. And also, if you prefer to make the sentance about a boy, you say “Mukomana.” Mukomana means boy.

Uyo - That one. Musikana Uyo. That Girl. Mukomana uyo. That boy.

Arikufamba - Is walking. Ari is a way to say “is” when referring to a person. Remember the word “famba” means “walk”. Ari ku famba. Arikufamba means Is walking. Musikana uyo Arikufamba. That girl is walking. Mukomana uyo arikufamba. That boy is walking.

Ku musika - to the Market. Musika means market.

Let’s go and talk to her - Ngatiende kuno taura naye

Ngatiende- Ngati means “Let us.” Its used to invite someone to do something with you. Let’s walk - Ngati fambe. Let’s climb - Ngati kwire. Let’s eat - Ngadidye.

So Ngatiende means Let’s go. Remember “enda” means go. So when saying to someone let’s go, you say Ngatiende.

Kuno - Means “to go and do something”. For example: To go and walk - Kuno famba. To go and climb - Kuno kwira. To go and eat - Kunodya. Its very easy to see the many patterns in Shona, that make the language so easy to learn and understand. Lets continue.

Taura - Taura means talk. Taura. Talk.

Naye - With her (or with him). Naye. Can you guess what these phrases mean?

Famba Naye - Walk with her.

Kwira Naye - Climb with her.

Idya naye - Eat with her.

Lesson 004 - Ngatidye Chikafu
September 25, 2009 01:09 PM PDT
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Here’s a short story entitled Ngatidye Chikafu that you will recite at the end of this lesson. And Today, we have a very special guest with us. Her name is Zvikomborero Matavire. Again for those of you who are curious, Zvikomborero means “blessings.” It literally means “A whole bunch of blessings,” which is exactly what she brings.

Zviko: Mhoroi vatereri. Makadini?

Zviko has just greeted you saying “Hello listeners. How are you.”

If any of you guys have Zimbabwean friends, they may be familiar with the late “Paul Matavire” who was a famous Zimbabwean musician starting in the 1980’s. Today our guest Zvikomborero Matavire, is a neice to the late Paul Matavire. So we can say we have a semi-celebrity in the studio.

Zviko: Masikati Kudzai

Kudzi: Masikati Zviko, waswera sei?

Zviko: Ah, ini ndaswera mushe. Ko iwewe?

Kudzi: Ha-a, ini ndaswera, asi ndavane (ndane) nzara!

Zviko: Ho nhai? Ah, saka urikuda kudya?

Kudzi: Ehe ndirikuda kudya. Asi Ndodya chinyi?

Zviko: Ini Nda-bika sadza ne derere. Hunoda kudya sadza ne derere here?

Kudzi: Ehe, manje ndo (ndicho) chinonzi chikafu ichocho.

Zviko: Saka Ngatidye chikafu

That’s our story. Let’s begin disecting it, so we can recite it together.

Lesson 003 - Kuenda KuTown
September 24, 2009 08:33 PM PDT
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Today, we’ll recite a story entitled “Kuenda Ku Town”

Featured Image: Photo taken at the Crown Plaza Monomotapa Hotel in Town (Harare City Center). These beautiful ladies were just wonderful, and were preparing for Zimbabwe's 2009 Miss Deaf Beauty Pageant. Next time you're in Zimbabwe, visit Kiri Davies' beauty parlor at the Crowne Plaza. Kiri Davies was training the contestants for the pageant, and did a great job.

In Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, the city center which is referred to as “town” is the heart of the city. So when people say they’re going to “town,” it means they’re going to the city center. Here’s a preview of the complete story that you will recite at the end of this lesson.

Kuenda ku Town

Nhasi ndamuka makuseni
Ndiri kuenda kuTown.
Ndatanga nekuwaridza mubhedha.
Pandapedza kuwaridza mubhedha, ndaenda kunogeza mwiri.
Iyezvino ndiri kupfeka hembe nebhutsu.
Ndichakwira bhazi, nekufamba netsoka.
Ndichatenga zvinhu zvakawanda.
Handeyi ku town!

Lesson 002 - Morning Greeting
September 24, 2009 08:16 PM PDT
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Now lets get into our morning greeting. Tsitsi, can you tell us how we say Good morning in Shona? Mangwanani.

Mangwanani is the common way to greet someone in the morning.  When an adult greets you by saying Mangwanani, you response will be: Mangwanani, marara sei? which means, Good morning, how was your sleep? The words Marara sei?  Literally mean: how did you sleep?  Its a way to ask if the person had a pleasant sleep during the night.  To respond to Marara Sei, you say : Ndarara - This means I slept well.

Lesson 001 - 3 Ways to Say Hello
September 24, 2009 07:59 PM PDT
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Shona is a language spoken in the great country of Zimbabwe, Africa.  The Shona people are a very loving, lively group, and have a beautiful language which reflects the rich culture of Zimbabwe.  My name is Kudzai and I am you host for this Shona language podcast.  Today we'll begin with an introduction, that will help us dive right in to our lesson by learning greetings.Because shona is such a diverse language, there are many ways to say hello.  In this lesson, we'll learn 3 ways which can be used at anytime.

Mhoro, Mhoroi, Zvirisei