Zulu language resources – Language Links Database

Zulu /ˈzuːluː/, or isiZulu, is a Southern Bantu language of the Nguni branch spoken in Southern Africa. It is the language of the Zulu people, with about 12 million native speakers, who primarily inhabit the province of KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population), and it is understood by over 50% of its population. It became one of South Africa's 11 official languages in 1994. 

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Native speakers: 12 million (2011 census), L2 speakers: 16 million (2002)

Official language in: South Africa

Zulu Grammar, Pronunciation

  • mylanguages.org - If you're trying to learn the Zulu Alphabet which is also called isiZulu, check out this courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Zulu grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds.
  • isizulu.net - isiZulu.net is a hobby project attempting to build a reasonably useful, modern Zulu-English online dictionary that anyone can contribute to. Besides the usual bidirectional lookups it offers automatic morphological decomposition, conjugation and phonetic spelling of Zulu words, translation of simple Zulu and English phrases, spell checking, and grammar and pronunciation basics.
  • Live Lingua - Online course on Zulu Language. Course was designed to help people who will work in communities in South Africa to be able to communicate with the locals in their native language. This is a survival level course which will teach basic communicative skills necessary for day to day living.

Zulu Vocabulary

Zulu Reading Materials

  •  mylanguages.org - If you're trying to practice your Zulu Reading then the page below should help. You will be able to sharpen your comprehension and understanding of the sample text below, which is part of the Article 26 and 27 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first section is in Zulu and the second part is in English. 
  • Wikibooks - Reading and Grammar Exercises

Zulu Dictionaries

  • ZULU-ENG LISH DICTIONARY  - pdf version
  • User-friendly Dictionaries for Zulu: An Exercise in Complexicography - this paper the main features of Bantu lexicography are analyzed through several case studies of Zulu dictionary features. Examples from both existing dictionaries as well as a forthcoming reference work are used in the analysis, which develops from verbs and nouns, gradually including more word classes, and ending with a detailed study of possessive pronouns.

Zulu Listening and Video Resources


  • player.fm - One Minute Zulu. Learn Zulu in minutes with the Radio Lingua Network
  • Google Podcasts - These are podcasts designed to help you speak and understand isiZulu, one of South Africa's main languages. You listen to all time best South African music, get a feel of zulu poetry and listen to some tongue twisters. Zulu is known for having many clicks that you can't learn off the book that's why am here to help you. The lessons provide many examples of everyday sentences that are looked in-depth.

Tv/ Video

  • YouTube - Zulu Lessons with Thando. I teach modern conversational Zulu language lessons on YouTube. My goal is to teach you practical, everyday IsiZulu. I don't follow any school curriculum, just simple Zulu from a native Zulu speaker. We aren't preparing for a test, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the lessons. I’m grateful for your support of my channel. 


  • radio.net - Two Radio Stations in Zulu Language

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