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Saying hello in South Africa

July 21, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 2 Comments

Saying hello in South Africa is always a warm and friendly occasion and you can be greeted in 11 different languages, it is considered very rude not to greet back so here is the 11 translations to help you when you come visit our diverse country.

Afrikaans: Goeie dag or hallo
South African english: Howzit which also means both hello and how are you
IsiNdebele: Lotjhani
IsiXhosa: molo (singular) or molweni (plural)
IsiZulu, Siswati: sawubona (singular) or sanibonani (plural)
Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana: dumela (singular) or dumelang (plural)
Tshivenda: ndaa (male) and aa (female)
Xitsonga: avuxeni

We look forward to greeting you.

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Victoria Rowe

I’m one half of the team that runs the day to day activities at African Array Lodge. This blog is an effort to keep you updated on what’s happening here at African Array & Plettenberg Bay.

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2 Comments

Manchester United vs MLS All Star Tickets August 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info! . . . . . .

Wyatt Ferris August 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

So Great! I need some infos in this post for my rapport de stage. Can i have your contact please? I need your permission to quote it :D. Anyway, That’s great job. Keep going.

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