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There are 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Here are a few phrases and words in three of the languages.

English Phrases

In Zulu

In Xhosa

In Afrikaans

Good afternoon Sakubona Molo Goeie middag
Good afternoon Hamba kahle Hamba kahuhle Totsiens
Good bye Sakubona Molo Goeienaand
Good evening Sakubona Molo Goeie more
Good morning Sakubona Molo Goeie more
I am sick Ngiyafa Ndiyagula Ek is siek
Is this the right way to … Ingaba ngumwaco ochanekile lo oya e Ingaba yindlela echanekileyo la eya e … Is dit die regte pad na …
My car has broken down Imoto yami yonakele Imoto yam yaphukile My motorkar het gaan staan
My child is sick Ingane yami iyafa Umntwana wam uyagula My kind is siek
My name is … Igama lam ngu … Igama lam ngu … My naam is
My wife is sick Umkami uyafa Inkosikazi yam iyagula My vrou is siek
No Hayi Hayi Nee
No thank you Hayi ngiyabonga Hayi enkosi Nee dankie
Show me the way to … Ungangibonisa umgaco oya e … Ungandikhombisa indlela eya e … Kan u my die pad beduie na …
Thank you Niyabonga Enkosi Dankie
This person is sick Lo muntu uyafa Lo mntu uyagula Hierdie persoon is siek
What is your name? Igama lakho ngubani? Ungubani igama lakho? Wat is jou naam?
Where is a garage? Likuphi igaraji elikufilphi? Iphi igaraji ekufuphi apha? Waar is die naaste garage?
Yes Yebo Ewe Ja
…the nearest doctor? Ukuphi udokotela okufuphi? Uphi ugqirha okufuphi apha? Waar is die naaste dokter?
…the nearest hospital? Sikuphi isibbhedlela? esikufufphi? Siphi isibhedlele esikufuphi apha? Waar is die naaste hospitaal?
…the nearest hotel? Likuphi ihotele elikufuphi? Iphi ihoteli ekufuphi apha? Waar is die naaste hotel?
…the nearest telephone? Ukuphi efoni okufuphi? Iphi ifoni ekufuphi alpha?  Waar is die naaste telefoon?



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