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Useful phrases in Swazi (siSwati)

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).

Phrase siSwati (Swazi)
Welcome Wamukelekile (sg)
Nemukelekile (pl)
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)
Ninjani? (pl)
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
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Kusile sihlobo sami
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Lishonile sihlobo sami
Good night Busuku lobuhle
Ulalekahle (sg)
Nilalekahle (pl)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
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)
Yes Yebo
No Cha
Chake
Maybe
I don't know Angati
I understand
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
Lucolo
How much is this? Kubita malini loku?
Malini?
Sorry Ngiyacolisa
Ncesi
Please Ngiyacela
Thank you Ngiyabonga
Ngiyabonga kakhulu
Reply to thank you Wamukelekile
Where's the toilet? Iphi indlu lencane?
Ungakuphi umthoyi?
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
Go away!
Leave me alone! Ngiyekele!
Help! Ngicela lusito!
Fire!
Stop! Vimbani!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Khisimusi lomuhle
Jaboolani Unyaka Lomusha
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Lusuku lwekutalwa loluhle
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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