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How to say a greeting in South African 11 official languages

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In this article you will learn how to say some basic greetings in our 11 South African official languages. Use the table below to learn translate from English to Sepedi, Zulu, Tsonga, and Venda. To learn in other languages (Afrikaans, Xhosa, Swati, Ndebele, Tswana) please view our second part of this article by clicking on this link.

English PediZulu TsongaVenda
Hello Dumela (Singular),Dumelang (Plural)Sawubona (Singular), Sanibonani (Plural) XewaniNdaa! (Male), Aa! (Female)
Good Morning Dumela (Singular),Dumelang (Plural)Sawubona (Singular), Sanibonani (Plural) AvuxeniNdi matsheloni
Good Afternoon Dumela (Singular),Dumelang (Plural)Sawubona (Singular), Sanibonani (Plural) InhlikanhiNdi masiari
Good Evening Dumela (Singular), Dumelang (Plural)Sawubona (Singular), Sanibonani (Plural) ReperileNdi madekwana
How are you? O kae? (Singular), Le kae? (Plural)Unjani? (Singular), Ninjani? (Plural) Kunjhani? (Singular), Minjhani? (Plural)Hu ita hani?
I'am fine Ke gonaNgiyaphila Ni konaNdo vuwa
And how are you? Wena? (Singular), Lena? (Plural)Wena? (Singular), Nina? (Plural) Vhone?
What is your name? Leina la gago ke mang?Ngubani igama lakho? Hi wena mani vito ra wena?Dzina lavho ndi nnyi?
My name is... Leina la ka ke...Igama lami ngu... Hi mina...Dzina langa ndi...
Please to meet you Ke thabela go go tseba Ngiya jabula ukukwazi Ni tsakele ku ku tivaNdo takala ro divhana
Mr MorenaMnumzane TatanaVho-
Mrs MohumagadiNkosikazi MananaVho-
Miss MohumagatsanaNkosazana n'waMufumakadzana
This is my friend Yo ke mogwera wa kaLona ngumngane wami Loyi munghana minaHeyi ndi khonani yanga
This is my sister Yo ke sesi wa kaLona ngusisi wami Loyi sesi wa minaHoyu ndi khaladzi anga (Male), Hoyu ndi mukomana wanga (Female)
This is my brother Yo ke buti wa kaLona ngubhuti wami Loyi buti wa minaHoyu ndi khaladzi anga (Female),Hoyu ndi mukomana wanga (Male)
This is my wife Yo ke mosadi wa kaLona ngunkosikazi wami Loyi nsati wa minaHavha ndi mufumakadzi wanga
This is my husband Yo ke monna wa kaLona ngumyeni wami Loyi nuna wa minaHavha ndi munna wanga
This is my mother Yo ke mme wa kaLona ngumama wami Loyi mhani wa minaHavha ndi mme anga
This is my father Yo ke tate wa kaLona ngubaba wami Loyi tatana wa minaHavha ndi khotsi anga
Where are you from? Naa o tswa kae?Uvelakuphi? U huma kwihni?Vha bva ngafhi?
I am from... Ke tswa...Ngivela e... Ndzi huma e...Ndi bva...
Goodbye Sala gabotseSala kahle Sala kahleKha vha sale
Good night Robala ga botseLala kahle U etlela kahleLo kovhela
Have a good day Ehlwa gabotseUbe nelanga elimnandi U va ni siku lerineneVha vhe na duvha lavhudi

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How to say a greeting in South African 11 official languages