Followers in Zulu

Landela is to follow in Zulu.

Amitabh Bachchan, the movie star and film producer from India is one of the entertainers that have millions of followers on all social media platforms.  Followers are called aba-landeli.

La-nde-la.  Toddlers like following their mothers around.  Following somebody in real life is stalking, not on social media.
La-nde-la.  The first part is pronounced as in lark or lapse, the middle part as in laundering, the last part as in lassie or lull.

ZULU
ENGLISH
La-nde-la u-mama wakho.
Follow your mother.
La-nde-la u-sisi wakho.
Follow your sister.
La-nde-la u-thisha we-hockey.
Follow the hockey coach.
La-nde-la uthisha we-tennis.
Follow the tennis coach.
John, musa u-ku-ngi-la-nde-la.
John, don’t follow me.
Jeong, musa u-ku-ngi-la-nde-la.
Jeong, don’t follow me.
U-Woojin u-lande-la u-Min-Seo.
Woojin is following Min-Seo.
U-ya-ngi-lande-la.  Ufunani?
You are following me.  What do you want?
Ngi-ya-ku-thanda.
I love you.
Ngi-la-nde-le ku-Youtube.
Follow me on Youtube.
Ngi-la-nde-le ku-Twitter.
Follow me on Twitter.
U-na-ba-lande-li abangaki ku Facebook?
How many followers do you have on Facebook?
U-na-balande-li abangaki ku-Instagram?
How many followers do you have on Instagram?
U-Amitabh Bachchan u-na-bala-ndeli a-baningi online.
Amitabh Bachchan has many followers online.
U-Bonang Matheba u-na-bala-ndeli a-baningi online.
Bonang Matheba has many followers online.

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