Shona

Directions

Giving directions

Vocabulary (Note that this is way too much vocabulary for basic study, and you might have to focus on some at first)

  1. Nzira – way/directions
  2. Mawodzanyemba – North
  3. Mabvazuva – East
  4. Chamhembe – South
  5. Madokero/Mavirira – West
  6. Pamusoroi – excuse me
  7. rudyi – right
  8. ruboshwe – left
  9. torai ruboshwe – turn left
  10. torai rudyi – turn right
  11. enda – go
  12. gara – stay
  13. tora – take
  14. tevera – follow
  15. mberi – front
  16. shure – back
  17. kumberi – straight ahead
  18. kumusoro – up
  19. kuzasi – down
  20. kwidza – uphill
  21. dzika – downhill
  22. Ndinofamba sei kuenda kuchiteshi chechitima? How do I get to the train station?
  23. Ndinofamba sei kuenda kuchiteshi chemabhazi? How do I get to the bus station?
  24. Ndinofamba sei kuenda kunhandare yendege? How do I get to the airport?
  25. makombi – taxis
  26. hotera – hotel
  27. Ndekupi kwakawanda mahotera? where there are lots of hotels?
  28. marestorendi – restaurants
  29. mabhawa – bars
  30. mugwagwa – street/road (nzira)
  31. panosangana migwagwa – intersection
  32. makananga kuhotera – towards the hotel
  33. pfura pachikoro – past the school
  34. musati masvika pachipatara – past the hospital

Scenario: Your Zimbabwean friend is giving you directions how to get from the Robert Mugabe International Airport, Harare to Holiday Inn, Harare (see map below). You are planning a trip to Zimbabwe and intend to hire a car at the airport. You will need vocabulary 4+5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 30.

  1. Kubva kunhandare yendege, enda chamhembe mabvazuva (from the airport, turn southeast)
  2. Gara ruboshwe (keep left)
  3. Enda kumberi (continue straight)
  4. Tora mugwagwa Benghazi, mugwagwa Malta kumugwagwa Chiremba (take Benghazi Road, Malta Road to Chiremba Road)
  5. Tevera mugwagwa Robert Mugabe, mugwagwa Nelson Mandera, kumugwagwa Fifth. (Follow Robert Mugabe Road, Nelson Mandera Avenue, to Fifth Street.)
  6. Hotera ya Holiday Inn iri kurudyi rwako (Holiday Inn is on your left)

 

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