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Southern-sotho Language Southern-sotho Vocabulary: How to Say Hello and Greetings

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🤗 Southern Sotho Greetings for Everyday Life

Hi Southern Sotho learners! 😃


Do you want to learn how to say “Hello” in Southern Sotho?

Greetings are an important part of any language because they allow you to connect and communicate with others.

If you’re planning a trip to the country or are trying to learn Southern Sotho, keep reading to discover some of the most important greetings.


Let’s get started! 🤗

Greetings[edit | edit source]

English Southern Sotho
general greeting spoken to one person in the Lesotho dialect Lumela
general greeting spoken to a group of people in the Lesotho dialect Lumelang
general greeting spoken to one person in the South African dialect Dumela
general greeting spoken to a group of people in the South African dialect Dumelang
general greeting Helele
general greeting spoken to one person in the South African dialect Kgotso
general greeting spoken to a group of people in the South African dialect Kgotsong
general greeting spoken to one person in the Lesotho dialect Khotso
general greeting spoken to a group of people in the Lesotho dialect Khotsong
morning greeting spoken to one person in the Lesotho and South African dialects Mmoro
morning greeting to a group of people in the Lesotho and South African dialects Mmorong
evening greeting spoken to one person in the Lesotho and South African dialects Fonane
evening greeting spoken to a group of people in the Lesotho and South African dialects Fonaneng
informal greeting in the South African dialect Helele
informal greeting in the South African dialect Hai
how are you? in the morning in the South African dialect Ke tsohile joang?
how are you? in the morning in the Lesotho dialect Ke tsohile jwang?
reply to Ke tsohile joang / jwang in the South African and Lesotho dialects Ke tsohile hantle
how are you? in the South African dialect O phela joang?
reply to O phela joang in the South African dialect O phela hantle
how are you? in the Lesotho dialect U phela jwang?
reply to U phela jwang in the Lesotho dialect U phela hantle
how are you? spoken to one person in the Lesotho dialect U kae?
how are you? spoken to one person in the South African dialect O kae?
reply to U kae and O kae in the Lesotho and South African dialects Ke teng
how are you? spoken to a group of people in the Lesotho and South African dialects Le kae?
reply to Le kae in the Lesotho and South African dialects Re teng
welcome greeting Re a le amohela
welcome greeting spoken to one person in the Lesotho dialect Kena ka khotso
welcome greeting spoken to a group in the Lesotho dialect Kenang ka khotso
welcome greeting spoken to one person in the South African dialect Kena ka kgotso
welcome greeting spoken to a group in the South African dialect Kenang ka kgotso

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Polyglot Club thanks Jennifer Runner for her outstanding work in collecting some of the phrases for this Southern Sotho lesson. 👍

Her objective is, like the Polyglot Club, to promote intercultural communication and understanding and to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the world. ✨

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