Botswana: Useful Phrases in Tswana

Although English is widely spoken in Botswana, a few words in the local lingo of Tswana (Setswana) won't go amiss.

Botswana woman and children

Although English is widely spoken in Botswana, a few words in the local lingo of Tswana (Setswana) won’t go amiss:

Yes – Ea
No – Aua
Hello – Hallo
Good morning/afternoon/evening – Dumela (to one person), Dumelang (to a group)
How are you? – O Kae?
I am well – Ke teng
Stay well – Sala sentle
Go well – Tsamaya sentle
Please – Ka kopo
Thank you – Ke a leboga
How much does it cost? – Ke bokae?
Excuse me – Ntshwarele
Do you speak English? – O bua Sekhowa?

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