Word of the Day

A crash course in isiZulu

October 13, 2015

Unjani? [oon (as in "soon")- JAW-knee]

The second part of the greeting, meaning "how are you"? (singular)

To ask multiple people, it changes to "Ninjani".


As you may have started to realize, isiZulu is a compound language. Even though I say we're learning a word of the day, isiZulu words normally form full English sentences.


In this case, U-/Ni- are subject markers for "you" and "you all", respectively (see a list of all subject markers below).

-njani is an adjectival stem meaning "how" or "what/which kind of".

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