Sample Shona Sentences
This page has a pretty good number of sample Shona sentences with corresponding English translations. To view a typical Shona sentence, select a Shona word from the list below and then click the Search button. Click this Abbreviations link to view meanings of abbreviations used.


  1. Only words in this list can be searched.
  2. Word list presented here is not inclusive.
  3. Words with multiple meanings have only the meanings where suitable translations were available.
  4. Meaning, in many cases, is actually the context that has a corresponding English word or phrase.
  5. Part of speech assignment has been loosely observed. Phrases, in some cases, are shown as verbs or nouns.
  6. Botanical names of plants listed here are found on the Flora of Zimbabwe website which has over 2,000 species with images.
  7. Pages may take a while to load depending on database size.
  8. Should you have problem working with the above word list, please view Additional Notes page. Otherwise send me, Martin Shumba, an e-mail with details of your difficulties.

Submitting Shona Words
Help increase the Shona word list in the database for these Shona Language pages by submitting additional words I omitted and their meanings. Omissions may include instances where I did not cover all possible meanings of a word. In that case, treat the word as a new word and include all possible meanings for the word in question. Basic guide to submitting omitted words is on the Add Words page.

We need your feedback
This is an ongoing project and any suggestions you have to improve information offered here would be greatly appreciated. E-mail any comments or suggestions you have to Martin Shumba.