Zulu 32 - Get Out

We say ‘phuma’ if we want you to go out.  Dogs go as far as the door when they are hungry because they know somebody will say ‘Phuma.’  

A notorious line in movies is: ‘Get out.’ You say ‘Phuma’ in Zulu.  You say it as in pull or put.
ZULU
ENGLISH
Ngena.
Come in.
Phuma.
Go out.
Phumela phandle.
Go outside.
Phuma endlini.
Go out of the house.
Phuma ngapha.
Go out this side.
Uphuma nini emsebenzini?
When do you knock off at work?
Ngiphuma ngo 6.
I leave at 6.
Baphuma nini emsebenzini?
When do they knock off at work?
Baphuma ngo 10.
They knock off at 10.
Uphumaphi?
Where were you?  Where have you beeen?
Ngiphum’eskoleni.
I’m from school.

SAMPLE CONVERSATION
FATHER:  Uphumaphi?
SON:  Ngiphuma eskoleni.
FATHER:  Niphuma nini eskoleni?
SON:  Siphuma ngo 3.
 



 

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