A large part of learning any language involves knowing how to deploy idiom effectively – nothing says “I know how to speak like a native” like using some good old-fashioned idiomatic expressions.
It’s not only useful from a functional point of view, though – idiom is a window into the culture that underlies the language, and shows what is valued and thought about by the speakers of the language.
In addition to idiom (isisho), isiZulu also uses a lot of proverbs (izaga) in daily speech and writing, often to express something that is unique to the culture. Below you will find all of the posts in this blog relating to idiom or proverbs.
Hyena Gravy – proverbs and idiom to do with home life (ezasekhaya)
A Bird’s Kidney – proverbs and idiom to do with ubuntu
Arguing Coppers – proverbs and idiom to do with relationships and enmity
Pecking at the Sun – proverbs and idiom to do with success and failure
Cunning Neighbours – proverbs and idiom about the cunning, and what to do with them