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Xhosa Words & Phrasebook

Xhosa Phrasebook

You can download this handy printable 9-page Xhosa phrasebook here: www.wildcoast.co.za/files/XhosaPhrasebook.pdf

The booklet contains the following hints on pronunciation, commonly used phrases, and useful English to Xhosa word translations:

Also see the NEW: Xhosa Live Dictionary  Best online Xhosa - English dictionary. Translates individual words from/to English or Xhosa.

Pronunciation guide

 

Vowels

a

like a in hard

e

like e in red

i

like ee in seen

o

like a in all

u

like oo in moon

Consonants

d, f, h, j, l, m, n

Pronounced as in English

s, sh, v, w, y, z

Pronounced as in English

dl

Similar in sound to hl (see below)

g

always like g in go

hl

Place your tongue to the side of your mouth and expel the air (like Welsh ll sound)

ts

A hissing sound made by placing your tongue just above your teeth and ejecting air.

tsh

similar to dge in judge

ty

similar to dge in judge

r

pronounced like "ch" in Reich

Common diphthongs

Clicks

c

Place your tongue at the back of the teeth and suck in, like when expressing annoyance.

q

Place your tongue on the roof of the mouth and suck in, like imitating a clock's ticking.

x

Place your tongue on your upper right jaw and pull it down, as if urging on a horse.

Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Backpacker Hike

The 60km stretch of Wild Coast from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay is well suited to the more budget-conscious traveller looking for an authentic Wild Coast Experience. On this 5 day hiking trail you can chose between friendly village-based homestays, chilled-out backpackers, or a combination of both. popupYou'll pass some impressive natural phenomenans, along the undulating terrain through which this hike traverses.