Yesterday IzoloA long time ago Kudala
January uJanyuwariFebruary uFebhuwariMarch uMatshiApril u-EpreliMay uMeyiJune uJuniJuly uJulayiAugust u-AgastiSeptember uSeptembaOctober u-OkthobhaNovember uNovembaDecember uDisemba
Winter UbusikaSummer IhloboSpring IntlakohlazaAutumn Ukwindla
Days of the week
The days of the week changed their original Xhosa names because of the Western influence of themissionaries. They brought along with them working days, i.e.
(the second working day -Tuesday),
(the third working day),
(the fourth working day),
(thefifth working day). Sunday became known as the day of going to church (
Months in Xhosa
Traditionally, the Xhosa named the different times of the seasons together with the various occurrenceswithin those seasons. July is
, the first month of the Xhosa year, so called because the aloes(
) are in bloom. The month of August is
which indicates that the trees have started tosprout. The word eyo
is the name for September indicating when the coral tree is in bloom. March is
, which is the beginning of autumn. Nowadays, the Xhosa names for months are based on theirEnglish equivalents; e.g.
Numbers, days, months, seasons
A: TouristB: Xhosa speaker
Theme 3: Numbers, days,months, seasons
A: Ndifuna ukubukelaumdlalo wesibiniwanamhlanje.
I want to watch the second matchtoday.
B: Kulungile. Yi-R200-00.
Alright. It costs R200-00.