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Shona For Beginners

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Title
Lesson 0 - Introduction to Shona Lessons
Lesson 1 - Shona Vowels and Pronunciation
Lesson 2 - Shona Pronouns
Lesson 3 - Shona Possessives
Lesson 4 - Common Shona Expressions
Lesson 5 - The Verb 'To Know', In Shona
Lesson 6 - Shona Greetings and Commonly Used Words
Lesson 7 - Greetings between two children: Kumhoresana pakati pevana vaviri
Lesson 8 - Greetings between an adult and a child: pakati pemhunu mukuru nemwana mudiki
Lesson 9 - Morning greetings between two children: kumhoresana mangwanani

Lesson 8 - Greetings between an adult and a child: pakati pemhunu mukuru nemwana mudiki

Greetings will vary according to the seniority of the people. Greetings between an adult and a child are different to greetings between two children. The following is a dialogue between an adult and a child. Culturally, the child is expected to greet the adult first.

Child: Hello - Mhoroi
Adult: Hello. How are you? - Mhoro. Wakadii zvako?
Child: I am fine and you? - Ndiripo kana makadii

Points to discuss with your Shona mentor

  • The i after mhoro signifies respect.
  • The wa signifies no respect.
  • The ma signifies respect.
  • Adult strangers use the respectful form.
  • ‘zvako’ is no respect , ‘zvenyu’ is respect.
  • In Shona respect and plural are shown in the same way.