Bua Setswana Course
This course is aimed at beginners who want to learn to speak Setswana. The course aims to help students achieve a basic mastery of Setswana to allow them to communicate their basic needs and serve as a foundation on which to build their language skills.
It is strongly recommended that the student learns by speaking with Batswana speakers at the earliest opportunity.
- Lesson 1 greetings, useful phrases
- Lesson 2 introducing yourself, verbs – present tense, "to have"
- Lesson 3 location, nouns –ng
- Lesson 4 noun classes plus practice
- Lesson 5 past tense
- Lesson 6 verb objects, conjunctives (joining words)
- Lesson 7 possessives
- Lesson 8 verbs - future tense, past continuous
- Lesson 9 numbers, time, days of week
- Lesson 10 human body, tribes
- Lesson 11 adjectives, "to be"
- Lesson 12 comparatives, shopping
- Lesson 13 adverbs, relative
- Lesson 14 kinship terms
- Lesson 15 demonstratives, imperative
- Lesson 16 getting around
- Lesson 17 climate
External Teaching Material
- Booklet "First Steps in Spoken Setswana" published by Pula Press 1978
- CD "Learn Setswana" from Eurotalk This is really just a lot of vocabulary much of which has little relevance to life in Botswana. However you can at least listen to Setswana speakers pronouncing the words.
- Shuters Compact Setswana Dictionary (Shuter & Shooter) ISBN 0-7960-0639-3 Includes both singular and plural forms of nouns (eg "motho" and "batho") to assist learners. For "South African" Setswana rather than "Botswana" Setswana.