Introductory Shona Language
lesson 1 lesson 3 solutions
lesson 2 lesson 4 other shona resources

 
This site contains an introduction (in English) to the Shona language, spoken by over 9 million people in Zimbabwe, as well as links to other Shona language-related sites. Any help with this (such as preparing more lessons) is welcomed - please email me at: cameron_smith@mail.com

The answers to all exercises are on the solutions page.

If you are new to this site and want to get started learning Shona, click on 'lesson 1'.

News 06/04/2013: New resources and a novel!

I have added a couple of new resources...

  • UCLA Language Materials Project - Shona page
  • MunaHacha-Maive-Nei-Masimba-Musodza - A Science Fiction novel written in Shona. I must say that I am glad to see Shona literature tackling a modern subject. Too often there is an assumption that native African languages can only be used to tackle traditional (rural) ways of life and animist/spiritual themes.
News 03/01/2013: New resources, and some advertising

Many years have passed since the last update. I continue to receive emails every week from people keen to learn Shona, which is encouraging. Thanks especially to those who sent me messages of support.
I have now been running this site for almost 15 years as a free resource. I intend to keep it free, however for the first time I have added a couple of advertisements to the site in order to help defray the hosting costs. Please note that these are NOT generic google ads - they are ads for two specific services which I personally use and can vouch for.

There are is a new resource... I have also made a couple of wee corrections to the lessons - thanks to David Kigundu for spotting these!

News 04/12/2004: Various new resources

I have updated the resources pages on the site after a long delay: here some new things. Unfortunately no new lessons yet although one reader has offered to contribute a fifth lesson. Many thanks to everyone who has offered suggestions and encouragement - please keep them coming!

News 10/11/2002: Another Shona Book available

´┐ŻLearning Shona´┐Ż by Dambudzho Ruzhowa has been in print for several years. However I have only now listed it on this site because it has become readily available outside of Zimabwe. See my resources page for more details.

News 2/8/2000: New lesson added

I have finally added the fourth lesson I have been preparing for a while. I have also added some extra vocabulary to Lesson 3. The new lesson deals with possessives, and introduces noun concords. Go to 'lesson 4'.

News 29/7/2000: New Shona Book available

Many of you will have had trouble getting hold of copies of the books recommended on my resources page - well worry no more! A new introductory Shona book has just been published and is available on sites such as amazon.com, bol.com etc. Author Aquilina Mawadza describes it:

The Shona Dictionary and Phrasebook is a compact guide that provides the means for basic communication in Shona. It features a two way dictionary of over 1400 words and a phrasebook with all the essential phrases for the visitor and/or beginning student covering topics such as introductions, useful expressions, transportation, accomodation, communication e.g. Internet, fax, food and drink, sightseeing, bank, health, time, weather. A Pronunciation Guide and Basic Grammar also complement the text.
The book's full details, including ISBN, can be found on my resources page.

News 5/7/2000: Shona 'verb conjugator'

A free online tool to conjugate and translate many Shona verbs. Click here for more details.

News 3/7/2000: Ndau primer available

Ndau is a language related to Shona which is spoken by perhaps 750,000 people in Mozambique. Thanks to a kind visitor to this site, I have a fairly comprehensive primer for this language - the only trouble is: it's in Portuguese! Click here for more details.


 
The sites below are nothing to do with Shona but I promote them.
 
Keyword Map of the Internet World Development Movement "Balancing Act" Newsletter
Keyword map of the internet A non-profit organization campaiging to end poverty and injustice in the world. One of the best website on ICT (Information & Communications Technology) in Africa.

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