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This lesson teaches you to greet and understand greetings. If the audio button's don't work try the Audio Help page.

Formal Greeting (singular)

A Dumela rra Hello Sir
B Dumela mma, o tsogile jang ? Hello madam, how are you ? [literally "how did you wake up"]
A Ke tsogile sentle, wena o tsogile jang ? I am fine, how are you ?
B Ke tsogile sentle I am fine

As an alternative to "tsogile" (woke up) in the afternoon "tlhotse" (spent the day), and in the early morning "robetse" (slept) can be used.

Less Formal Greeting (singular)

A Dumela mma Hello Madam
B Dumela rra, o kae? Hello sir, how are you ? [literally "where are you"]
A Ke teng, wena o kae ? I am fine, how are you ?
B Ke teng I am fine

Less Formal Greeting (plural)

A Dumelang, le kae? / lo kae? Hello, how are you ? (plural)
B Re teng We are fine

Informal Greeting (singular)

A Go jwang ? How is it ?
B Go sharpu OK


A Wa reng ? What's up ? [literally "what do you say"]
B Ga ke re sepe (or Go sharpu) OK [literally "I don't say anything"]

Entering a House

A Ko ko! Knock knock!
B Tsena Come in


A Go siame rra, sala sentle Goodbye/OK sir, "stay well"
B Go siame mma, tsamaya sentle Goodbye/OK madam, "leave well"

Informal Goodbye

A Boroko mma Goodnight madam
B Robala sentle rra Sleep well sir
- Re tlaa bonana We will see each other


dumela dumelang Hello/Good Morning/Afternoon
tsoga tsogile wake/woke up
tlhola tlhotse spend/spent the day
robala robetse sleep/slept
sala - stay
tsamaya - leave/go
bonana - see each other
botoka - better
go siame - OK/fine/goodbye
sharpu - OK (slang)
jang ? - how
kae ? - where
boroko - good night
ko-ko - knock-knock
teng - there/around/available
sentle - well/good