Zulu Buyisa

To bring back something is bu-yisa in Zulu. You must bring back something you borrowed or governments can bring back the death penalty (not a good idea).

Bu- is pronounced as in boo boo.

Yi- is pronounced as in ying yang.

Sa- is pronounced as in summer.

Bu-yi-sa is the Zulu word for bring back or return it.

A girl’s name which means something has been brought back.  It can be in honour of someone who was in the U.K. for a long time, but decided to come home after 20 years.  She is also called Buyi, the shortened version.
Bu-yisa imali yami.
Bring back my money.
Bu-yisa u-$500.00 wami.
Bring back my $500.00.
Bu-yisa ingane yami.
Bring back my child.
Bu-yisa indoda yami.
Bring back my husband/lover (usually very difficult).
They have come back.
Buya no-Nandini.
Come back with Nandini.
Buya no-Diana.
Come back with Diana.
Buya no-Gong Li.
Come back with Gong Li.
U-zo-buya kusasa.
He will come back in tomorrow.
Ba-zo-buya ngo-December.
They’ll come back in December.
Ba-zo-buya ngo-June.
They’ll come back in June.

Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of Sweetness, a South African novel.


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