Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes. I really appreciate everyone who thought of me on my big quarter-century birthday. I had a good birthday over here, which included my host family singing happy birthday to me (in English) on the morning of my birthday.
Also, for those of you who are worried about my safety in light of the recent attacks against African immigrants in South Africa, I'm am doing fine here and have not been threatened and have not been otherwise affected here where I stay. As far as I know, no other Peace Corps volunteers have been affected either.
I've had some requests to pass on a few common Zulu phrases, so here they are. (I'll do my best to spell them out phonetically also)
Yebo (yah-boh) - Yes
Cha (tah) - No
Ngiyabonga (ngee-yah-bon-gah) - Thank you
Sawubona (Sou-u-boh-nah) - Hello (literally: I see you)
Unjanai (un-jah-nee) - How are you?
Ngiyaphila (ngee-yah-pee-lah) - I am fine
Salakahle (sah-lah-gah-leh) - Goodbye (literally: Stay well)
Hambakahle (ham-bah-gah-leh) - Go well
Ulalakahle (u-la-la-gah-leh) - Goodnight (Literally: Sleep well)
Ngizobona kusasa (ngee-zo-boh-nah ku-sah-sah) - See you tomorrow
Igama lami ngingu... (ee-gah-mah lah-mee ngee-gu) - My name is...
Isikhati sini (ee-see-kah-tee see-nee) - What time is it?
If there are any other phrases you'd like to know, of if there is anything else you'd like me to include in an upcoming blog entry, let me know.