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Xhosa or IsiXhosa Tongue Twisters

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters © 1996-2015 by Mr.Twister

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Bu bula booshe bubekxa rubexa roola hoodie hoo.




Ixhegu liqumuqethu liguqe ngamadolo.


Axdes uqhiv, pkjoyadg uqhiv.


Iqaqa laqabaleka iqhini latyibalika laqhawula uqhoqhoqho.


Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha.


Ndiqhele ukucheba ixhego inkqayi.


ugqirha uligqabhuzile iqhakuva elisemqolo KaQondie qhumfu.


izolo bendiye kulo Mabuqubuqwana, uMabuqubuqwana wandibuquza ngeqakath' enqayini ndaqond' uba 'nd'zo mbuquz' engandiqondi nje!

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Ndacol' icik' eQonca, ndayibeka kwase Qonca ... (4x)

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Uqondiwe waqabela emqomeni utata ka qondiwe wathatha iqudu wamqeba enqayini.

Rough Translations

  1. up Sometimes when I'm lonely I like talking to feet that smell like horse potoates.
  2. up The eggs of a bird (a bird with red and yellow colors) are broken.
  3. up The oldman cut the grass while kneeling down.
  4. up Good blood, bad blood.
  5. up The zorilla (polecat) crossed the hill, slipped and broke it's larynx.
  6. up The zorilla (polecat) rolled down and ruptured his larynx.
  7. up I usually shave grandpa's head to the bone.
  8. up The doctor has squeezed the pimple in his back.
  9. up Yesterday I went to Mabuqubuqwana [person's name] and he clubbed me in the head; but I knew I will hit him back. German: Gestern ging ich zu Mabuqubuqwana [Eigenname] und der schlug mir auf den Schädel; doch ich wusste ich hau zurück.
  10. up I found something in Qonca [name of place] but left it there. German: Ich fand etwas in Qonca [Ortsname] doch liess es dort.
  11. up Qondiwe climbed on top of a dust bin and her father took a kinop Kerri and hit her in the bald head.


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Ethnologue, Languages of the World: Xhosa

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