Practice & Learn Tshivenḓa (Venda with audio)

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Tshivenḓa will reach more South Africans than English in Limpopo.

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Conversation: Learn with people

Tshivenḓa (Venda)
U davhidzana: Gudani nga vhathu

Hello! (person) Hurini! (muthu)
Hello! (group) Hurini! (tshigwada)
How are you? Hu ita hani?
I'm fine, thanks. Ndi hone, ndo livhuwa.
I could be better. Ndo vuwa zwavhuḓi.
And you? Inwi?
I am well. Nṋe ndo takala.
Goodbye (person staying) Ni tshimbile zwavhuḓi
Goodbye (group staying) Ni tshimbile zwavhuḓi
Goodbye (person leaving) Salani zwavhuḓi
Goodbye (group leaving) Hu tshimbilwe zwavhuḓi

Anatomy: Learn with your body

Anathomi: Gudani nga muvhili waṋu

Head Ṱhoho
Eye, Eyes Iṱo, Maṱo
Ear, Ears Nḓevhe, Nḓevhe
Nose Ningo
Mouth Mulomo
Tongue Lulimi
Hand, Hands Tshanḓa, Zwanḓa
Arm, Arms Mukonwo, Mikonwo
Leg, Legs Mulenzhe, Milenzhe
Foot, Feet Lwayo, Nayo
   

Chess: Learn with your mind

Chess: Gudani nga muhumbulo waṋu

Chess Piece(s) Zwipiḓa zwa Chess
King Khosi
Queen Khosikadzi
Rook (Castle) Pfamo
Bishop Bishopo
Knight (Horse) Bere
Pawn (Soldier) Swole
Board Bodo
Square Tshikwere
Black Tshitswu
White Tshitshena
Chess Move(s) Matambele a Chess
Check! From Persian Shah (King) Limuwani!
Checkmate! From Persian Shah (King) + Māt (Dead) No kundwa!
I take your piece. Ndi a ṱula.
Good move! Matambele avhuḓi!
I resign! Ndo kundwa!
Good luck for the game! Mashudu mavhuya kha mutambo!
Thank you for the game! Ndo livhuwa mutambo wavhuḓi!
   

Dating: Learn with your heart

U bvisana: Gudani nga mbilu yaṋu

What's your name? Dzina ḽanu ndi nnyi?
Can I get your number? Ndi nga wana luṱingo lwaṋu?
Would you like to get coffee? Ni nga takalela u wana gofhi?
Would you like to go to dinner? Ni nga takalela u ya tshiswiṱuloni?
Would you like to go for a drink? Ni nga takalela u ya u wana tsha u nwa?
Yes, I would. Ee, ndi nga zwi takalela.
No, but thank you. Hai, fhedzi ndo livhuwa.
You look beautiful. No nakesa.
May I kiss you? Ndi nga ni mama?
I miss you. Ndo ni ṱuvha.
I miss you too. Na nṋe ndo ni ṱuvha.
I love you. Ndi a ni funa.
I love you so much. Ndi ni funa nga maanḓa.
   

Top 10 Interview Questions: Learn for success

Mbudziso dza 10 dza nṱha dza inthaviyu: Gudani u itela u bvelela

Tell us about yourself? Ri vhudzeni nga ha inwi muṋe?
What are your main strengths? Ndi zwifhio zwine na zwi konesa?
What are your weaknesses? Vhuṱudzeṱudze hanu ndi vhufhio?
Why should we choose you for this job? Ndi ngani ri tshi fanela u nanga inwi kha mushumo uyu?
What is your salary expectation? Ni khou lavhelela muholo mungafhani?
What are your hobbies outside of work? Ni takalela u ita zwifhio musi ni si mushumoni?
Where do you see yourself in five years' time? Ni ṱoḓa u ḓivhona ni ngafhi nga murahu ha miṅwaha miṱanu?
Why are you leaving your current job? Ndi ngani ni tshi ṱoḓa ṱutshela mushumo une na vha nawo?
Why do you want to work here? Ndi ngani ni tshi ṱoḓa u shuma fhano?
Is there anything that you would like to ask me? Hu na zwine na tama u mmbudzisa?
   

Formal Business Letter Tshivenḓa

Date: Datumu:
Dear... Ha...
Yours Sincerely, Wavho a Funeaho,
   

Directions

North Devhula
South Tshipembe
East Vhubvaduvha
West Vhukovhela
   

Days of the Week

Sunday Swondaha
Monday Musumbuluwo
Tuesday Ḽavhuvhili
Wednesday Ḽavhuraru
Thursday Ḽavhuṋa
Friday Ḽavhuṱanu
Saturday Mugivhela
   

Months of the Year

January Phando
February Luhuhi
March Ṱhafamuhwe
April Lambamai
May Shundunthule
June Fulwi
July Fulwana
August Ṱhangule
September Khubvumedzi
October Tshimedzi
November Ḽara
December Nyendavhusiku

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