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Useful phrases in Herero

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).

Phrase Otjiherero (Herero)
Welcome Wayakurua
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
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Wa penduka
Wa penduka nawa? (sg)
Mwa penduka nawa (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Wa uhara
Wa uhara nawa? (sg)
Mwa uhara nawa (pl)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Wa tokerwa
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
(Parting phrases)
Kara nawa (sg)
Kara nawee (pl)
Good luck!
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 understand
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 ...?')
Kaṱiṱi uriri
Speak to me in Herero
How do you say ... in Herero?
Excuse me
How much is this?
Thank you Okuhepa
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter 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
Why this phrase?

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