A collection of useful phrases in Southern Ndebele, a Bantu language spoken by in South Africa.
Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Phrase||isiNdebele (Southern Ndebele)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Lotjhani|
|How are you?||Kunjani?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ngikhona ngiyathokoza|
|What's your name?||Ibizo lakho ngubani?|
|My name is ...||Ibizo lami ngu...|
|Where are you from?||Uvela ngaphi?|
|I'm from ...||Ngivela e...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ngiyathaba ukukwazi
Nami godu ngiyathaba (reply)
|Good night||Lala kuhle (sleep well)
|Khamba kuhle (go well - to person leaving)
Sala kuhle (stay well - to person staying)
|Good luck!||Iba netjhudu|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Ye usale kuhle!|
|Have a nice day||Ube nelanga elimnandi|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Uthokozele ukudla kwakho|
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Ube nekhambo eliphephileko|
|I don't know||Angazi|
|I don't understand||Angizwsisi|
|Please speak more slowly||Ngibawa ukhulume kabuthaka|
|Please say that again||Ngibawa ubuyelele lokho|
|Please write it down||Ngibawa uyitlole phasi|
|Do you speak English?||Ukhuluma isiNgisi?|
|Do you speak Southern Ndebele?||Ukhuluma isiNdebele?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Iye, kancancani kwaphela|
|Do you speak a language
other than Southern Ndebele?
|Likhona elinye ilimi olukhulumako ngaphandle kwesiNdebele?|
|Speak to me in Southern Ndebele||Khuluma nami ngesiNdebele|
|How do you say ... in Southern Ndebele?||Ukutjho njani lokhu ... ngesiNdebele?|
|How much is this?||Yimalini?
|Please||Ngibawa (I am asking)
Akhu ... (Would you please ...)
|Thank you||Ngiyathokoza (I am thanking)
Siyathokoza (We are thanking)
e[surname of person being thanked]
|Reply to thank you||Wamukelekile|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Ikuphi indlu encani?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||LoBaba uzakubhadela yoke into|
|This lady will pay for everything||LoMma uzakubhadela yoke into|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ungathanda ukugida nami?|
|Do you come here often?||Ujayele ukuza lapha|
|I miss you||Ngikukhumbule|
|I love you||Ngiyakuthanda|
|Get well soon||Uphole|
|Go away!||Khambela le!
|Leave me alone!||Ngilise!|
|Call the police!||Ngibawa ubize amapholisa!|
|Christmas greetings||Ukresimusi omnandi|
|Easter greetings||Ube negudi emnandi|
|Birthday greetings||Langelihle lokuzalwa
Ilanga elimnandi lamabeletho
|One language is never enough||Ilimi elinye kwaphela alikaneli|
Corrections and additions by Bongani Mahlangu
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