A collection of useful phrases in Herero, a Bantu language spoken in Namibia, Bostwana and Angola.
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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Tjike?
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||U ri nawa?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ii, mbi ri nawa. Korove?
Mbi ri nawa. Korove?
|Long time no see||Atata twa haṋika orure|
|What's your name?||Ena roye oove ani? Oove uṋe ena roye?|
|My name is ...||Ena randje owami ...|
|Where are you from?||Ove wa za pi?|
|I'm from ...||Ami mba za ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Onawa tjinene tji twa hakaene|
Wa penduka nawa? (sg)
Mwa penduka nawa (pl)
Wa uhara nawa? (sg)
Mwa uhara nawa (pl)
Wa tokerwa nawa? (sg)
Mwa tokerwa nawa (pl)
|Good night||Tokerwa nawa (early evening) - sg
Tokerwee nawa (early evening) - pl
Rara nawa (late evening) - sg
Raree nawa (late evening) - pl
|Kara nawa (sg)
Kara nawee (pl)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Herero?||U hungira OtjiHerero?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Herero|
|How do you say ... in Herero?|
|How much is this?|
|Reply to thank you||Okuhepa
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings|
|Birthday greetings||Zokomurungu nga ze rire zongambwi nozo tjiyangapara
(Many happy returns)
Yoroka meyuva roye rongwatero
(Be joyful on your birthday)
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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Other collections of Herero phrases
http://www.namtranslations.iway.na/page nine common expressions/otjiherero_page9.pdf https://www.mydestinationnamibia.com/usefulinfo/basic-language
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