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Useful Shona phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Shona. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English chiShona (Shona)
Welcome Mauya
Hello Mhoro (sg) Mhoroi (pl)
How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
Wakadini zvako? (sg) Makadini zvenyu? (pl)
Ndiripo
Long time no see Ko, vemakore!
What's your name?
My name is ...
Unonzani? (sg) Munonzani? (pl)
Ndinonzi... / Zita rangu i.....
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Unobva kupi? (sg) Munobva kupi?? (pl)
Ndinobva ku...
Pleased to meet you Ndafara kukuziva (sg) Ndafara kukuzivai (pl)
Good morning Mangwanani / Mangwanani, marara sei? (reply)
Good afternoon Masikati / Masikati, maswera sei? (reply)
Good evening Manheru / Maswera sei (reply)
Good night Urare zvakanaka (sg) Murare Zvakanaka (pl)
Goodbye Sara Zvakanaka (sg) Sariayi Zvakanaka (pl)
Good luck Uve nemhanza yakanaka (sg)
Muve nemhanza yakanaka (pl)
Have a nice day Uve nezuva rakanaka (sg) Muve nezuva rakanaka (pl)
Bon appetit Pamusoroyi
Bon voyage Ufambe zvakanaka (sg) Mufambe zvakanaka (pl)
I don't understand Handisi kunyaso nzwisisa
Please speak more slowly Ndinokumbirawo kuti musakurumidze kutaura
Please say that again Ndinokumbirawo kuti muzvitaure futi
Please write it down Ndinokumbirawo kuti muzvinyore pasi
Do you speak ...? Unotaura ...? (sg) Munotaura ...? (pl)
Excuse me Pamusoro (sg) Pamusoroyi (pl)
How much is this? Chinoita marii?
Sorry Ndineurombo
Thank you
Response
Waita zvako (sg) Maita zvenyu (pl)
Unotendei? / Zvakanaka
Where's the toilet? Chimbuzi chiripi?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Baba ava ndivo vachabhadhara (gentleman)
Amai ava ndivo vachabhadhara (lady)
Would you like to dance with me? Ungande kutamba? (sg) Mungade kutamba? (pl)
I love you Ndinokuda
Get well soon Ndinovimba kuti uchakurumidza kupora (sg)
Ndinovimba kuti muchakurumidza kupora (pl)
Leave me alone! Ndisiye!!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Ndibatsireiwo!
Moto!
Mira!
Call the police! Daiidzayi mapurisa!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Muve nekisimusi ne goredzva zvakanaka
One language is never enough Rurimi rumwe haruzadzikisa mutauro
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Hovercraft yangu yakazara nemikunga

Shona phrases provided by Emma Thembani and Paida Magiga

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