Language Guide

While touring in Africa it’s all the time a bonus if you happen to can try to talk the native languages, particularly with there being 9 official languages ​​in South Africa alone. This transient language Guide affords you translation in seven languages ​​and can not less than help you with the very fundamental questions that you could be have to ask alongside the best way.

Asking a query in a persons’ residence language, whether or not it’s Sotho or English all the time brings a smile to someones face and pleasant South Africans are in all places!

I’ve listed the questions and statements for ease of use beneath:

Where is the Airport? – English
Waar is die lughawe? – Africans
Boemefane bo kae? – N.Sotho
Difofaneng ke kae? – Sesotho
Boemadifofane bo kae? – Tswane
Siphi isikhululo senqwelo moya? – Xhosa
Ikuphi inkundla yezindiza? – Zulu

Where is the station? – English
Waar is die stasie? – Africans
Seteisena se kai? – N.Sotho
Seteishena se hokae? – Sesotho
Seteisena se kae? – Tswana
Siphi isikhululo? – Xhosa
Sikuphi isiteshi? – Zulu

Where is the closest Hotel/Motel?
– English
Waar is die naaste resort/motel?
– Africans
Hotele/Motele ya kgauswi e kae?
– N.Sotho
Hotele e/Motele o haufiufi e/ho kae?
– Sesotho
Hotele/Motele ee gaufi e kau?
– Tswana
Iphi ihotele/indwo yabahambi ekufushane? – Xhosa
Likuphi ihhotela eliseduza? – Zulu

Is the water drinkable? – English
Is die water drinkbaar? – Africans
A meets aaa ngewa? – N.Sotho
Na metsi aa nweha? – Sesotho
A metsi a ka nowa? – Tswana
Ayaselwa na amanzi? – Xhosa
Singawaphuza amanzi na? – Zulu

I’ve a reserving! – English
Ek het n’ bespreking – Afrikaans
Ke beeleditse marabalo – N.Sotho
Ke beheleditse – Sesotho
Ke dirile peelelo – Tswana
Ndigicinelwe indawo – Xhosa
Ngibhukile – Zulu

Where is the closest physician/hospital/
police station/ phone? – English
Waar is die Naaste Dokter/hospital/
polisiestasie/telefoon? – Africans
Ngaka ya kgauswi e kae? Sepetlele sa kgauswi se kae?/ Seteisene sa maphodisa sa kgauswi se kae? Mogala wa kgauswi o kae? – N.Sotho
Ngaka/sepetlele/mapoleseng/phone e haufiufi e kae? – Sesotho
Ngaka/sepetlele/mapodisa/mogala ee/ se se / aa / oo gaufi e / se / a / o / kae? – Tswana
Undawoni ugqirha/isibhedlele/isikhululo samapolisa/ifoni ekufutshane? – Xhosa -Ukuphi udoktela

Yes – English
Ja – Africans
Ee – N.Sotho
E! – Sesotho
Ee – Tswana
Ewe – Xhosa
Yebo – Zulu

Please – English
Asseblief – Afrikaans
Hle…/…hle – N.Sotho
(Ka kopo) Hle – Sesotho
Tsweetswee – Tswana
Nceda – Xhosa
Uxolo – Zulu

No – English
Nee – Afrikaans
Aowa – N.Sotho
The – Sesotho
Nnyaa – Tswana
Hayi – Xhosa
Cha – Zulu

Thank you – English
Dankie – Afrikaans
Ke a leboga – N.Sotho
Ke a leboha – Sesotho
Ke a leboga – Tswana
Enkosi – Xhosa
Ngiyabonga – Zulu

“Hamba kahle” (pack effectively – journey effectively) see you quickly in Sunny South Africa.

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