A collection of useful phrases in Swazi, a Bantu language spoken in Swaziland and South Africa.
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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Sawubona (sg - Do you see me?)
Sanibonani (pl - Do you see me all?)
Yebo (reply = yes)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Unjani? (sg)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ngikhona, wena ke? (sg)
Sikhona, nine ke? (pl)
Ngiyaphila, wena ke? (sg)
Siyaphila, nine ke? (pl)
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Ngubani ligama lakho?|
|My name is ...||Ligama lami ngu ...|
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ngiyajabula kukwati|
|Kusile sihlobo sami|
|Lishonile sihlobo sami|
|Good night||Busuku lobuhle
|Sala kahle (sg - stay well)
Salani kahle (pl)
Hamba kahle (sg - go well)
|Good luck!||Inhlanhla lenhle!|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Ube neluhambo loluphephile! (sg)
Nibe neluhambo loluphephile! (pl)
|I don't know||Angati|
|I don't understand||Angiva|
|Please speak more slowly||Shano kancane, ngiyacela|
|Please say that again||Ngicela uphindze|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Uyasati yini singisi?|
|Do you speak Swazi?||Uyasati yini siSwati?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Swazi|
|How do you say ... in Swazi?|
|Excuse me||Ngicela uphindze angikeva
|How much is this?||Kubita malini loku?
|Reply to thank you||Wamukelekile|
|Where's the toilet?||Iphi indlu lencane?
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Ngiyakutsandza|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Ngiyekele!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Khisimusi lomuhle
Jaboolani Unyaka Lomusha
|Birthday greetings||Lusuku lwekutalwa loluhle|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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