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Xhosa Theme 9: The human body and wellness The human body Body Hair Head Face Ear

/ears Tooth / teeth Neck Shoulder /shoulders Chest Heart Stomach Finger / fingers Foot / feet Ankle /ankles Eye /eyes Nose Mouth Tongue Hand / hands Arm /arms Elbow /elbows Hip /hips Back Knee / knees Buttock / buttocks Thigh /thighs Calf /calves Leg /legs Toe /toes

Umzimba Iinwele Intloko Ubuso Indlebe /iindlebe Izinyo / amazinyo Intamo Igxalaba / amagxalaba Isifuba Intliziyo Isisu Umnwe / iminwe Unyawo / iinyawo Iqatha / amaqatha Ihlo, iliso / amehlo Impumlo Umlomo/ imilomo Ulwimi Isandla / izandla Ingalo /iingalo Ingqiniba / iingqiniba Inyonga /iinyonga / isinqe / izinqe Umhlana/ imihlana Idolo / amadolo Impundu / iimpundu Ithanga / amathanga Isiquluba / iziquluba Umlenze / imilenze Uzwane / iinzwane

Wellness I am not feeling well. What is the matter? I feel weak. I am tired. I am sick. I am injured. I have a headache. I have a cold. I am coughing. I am thirsty. I am hungry. I want to see the doctor / dentist. Where do you have pain? I cant sleep well. I have been stung by a bee. I have been bitten by a snake. I have broken my arm. I have diarrhoea. Get better soon! Take care! I feel good! I am happy!
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Andiphilanga. Yintoni? Andinamandla. Ndidiniwe. Ndiyagula. Ndenzakele. Ndiphethwe yintloko. Ndiphethwe ngumkhuhlane. Ndiyakhohlela. Ndinxaniwe. Ndilambile. Ndifuna ukubona ugqirha / wamazinyo. Kubuhlungu phi na? Andikwazi ukulala kakuhle. Ndilunywe yinyosi. Ndilunywe yinyoka. Ndaphuke ingalo. Ndiphethwe lurhudo Ndiyahambisa. Uphile msinyane! Zilumkele! Zijonge! Ndiphilile Ndonwabile / Ndiyavuya!

South African docters are very well qualified and there are excellent hospitals in South Africa, whether private or provincial. Xhosa people either visit a Western docter or a traditional docter. In the traditional Xhosa culture the inyanga (herbalist) and the igqirha (soothsayer) heal people. Where the inyanga is usually a man, the igqirha may be a woman. The inyanga utilises an extensive knowledge of herbs, treebark, grasses, etc. inherited from previous generations to cure his patients, while the isangoma throws bones and shells to identify various illnesses.

When going to a traditional docter, it may be useful to know different body parts when you want to express what illness you are suffering from. The sentence usually starts with Ndiphethwe, e.g. Ndiphethwe sisisu (I have stomach ache) Ndiphethwe yintloko (I have a headache) Ndiphethwe sisifuba (I have a chest pain).

Xhosa Video 9: The human body and wellness A: Tourist B: Xhosa speaker A: Molo! B: Ewe. Unjani namhlanje? A: Ndiyagula. B: Uphethwe ntoni? A: Ndiphethwe sisisu. B: Nali iyeza. A: Ndiyabulela. B: Uphile kamsinyane! Uzinakekele! Theme 9: The human body and ailments Hallo! Hallo. How is it today? I am ill. What is wrong? I have a stomach ache. Here is medicine. Thank you. You must get better soon! Take care!