A collection of useful phrases in Sesotho (Southern Sotho) a language spoken in Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.
To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Welcome||Kena ka kgotso! (sg) Kenang ka kgotso! (pl)|
|How are you?||O kae? (Where are you?)
O phela joang? (How are you living?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ke teng, wena o kae? (I'm here, where are you?)
Ke phela hantle, wena o phela jwang? (I'm living fine, how are you living?)
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Lebitso la hao ke mang?|
|My name is ...||Lebitso laka ke ...|
|Where are you from?||O tswa kae?|
|I'm from ...||Ke tswa ...|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Mmoro (sg) Mmorong (pl)|
|Fonane (sg) Fonaneng (pl)|
|Good night||Fonane (sg) Fonaneng (pl)|
|Sala hantle (to person staying)
Tsamaya hantle (to person leaving)
|Good luck||Ke u lakaletsa lehlohonolo|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|O tsamaye hantle; Tsela tsweu (white road)|
|I don't know||Ha ke tsebe|
|I don't understand||Ha ke utlwisise|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak Sesotho?||O a bua Sesotho? Na o a bua Sesotho?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak English?||O a bua Senyesemane? Na o a bua Senyesemane?|
|How do you say ... in Sesotho?|
|Excuse me||Ntshwarele; Ntsoarele|
|How much is this?||Ke bokae?|
|Thank you||Ke a leboha
Ke a leboha haholo
|Reply to thank you||O amohetswe|
|Where's the toilet?||Ntloana e kae? Batekamore e kae?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I love you||Ke a o rata|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Ntohelle kele notsi!|
|Help!||Ke kopa thuso!
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Keresemese e monate le mahlohonolo a selemo se setjha|
|Birthday greetings||Letsatsi le monate la tswalo|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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