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Sesotho phrasebook

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Sesotho is the main language of Lesotho and is one of the official languages of South Africa.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Common signs

OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 


Hello. 
Lumela. (doomellah)
Hello. (informal
Khotso. (hotsow)
How are you? 
U phela joang? (oo-pee-la-jwang)
Fine, thank you. 
Kea phela (key-ah-pee-la)
What is your name? 
Lebitso la hau ke mang? (leh-beet-saw la-how key-mung)
My name is ______ . 
Lebitso la ka ke ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Ke thabela ho u tseba . ( key-ta-bell-a-who-oo-t-see-ba ')
Please. 
. (Ke kopa hore o... )
Thank you. 
Kea leboha. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
. (Eea )
No. 
. (Che )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (A k'u ntšoarele hanyane)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Ntšoarele. ( )
Goodbye 
Sala hantle. ( )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [Ha ke tseba ho bua Sefora/Sekhooa.])
Do you speak English? 
U bua sekhooa ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? (Hona le motho ea tsebang ho bua Sekhooa?)
Help! 
Ke kopa thuso! ( !)
Look out! 
 ! (Hlokomela !)
Good morning. 
. (Lumaka/Khotso )
Good evening. 
. (Lumela/Khotso )
Good night. 
. (Lumela/Khotso )
Good night (to sleep
Robala hantle. ( )
I don't understand. 
Ha ke utloisise. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? (Ntloaneng ke kae?)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
("...")
Don't touch me! 
("...")
I'll call the police. 
("...")
Police! 
("...")
Stop! Thief! 
("...")
I need your help. 
("...")
It's an emergency. 
("...")
I'm lost. 
("...")
I lost my bag. 
("...")
I lost my wallet. 
("...")
I'm sick. 
("...")
I've been injured. 
("...")
I need a doctor. 
("...")
Can I use your phone? 
("...")

Numbers

Ngoe
Peli
Tharo
'Ne
Hlano
Ts'elela
Supa
Robeli
Robong
10 
Leshome
11 
Leshome le motso o mong
12 
Leshome le metso e 'meli
13 
Leshome le metso e meraro
14 
Leshome le metso e mene
15 
Leshome le metso e mehlano
16 
Leshome le metso e ts'eletseng
17 
Leshome le metso e supileng
18 
Leshome le metso e robeli
19 
Leshome le metso e robong
20 
Mashome a mabeli
30 
Mashome a mararo
40 
Mashome a mane
50 
Mashome a mahlano
60 
Mashome a ts'eletseng
70 
Mashome a supileng
80 
Mashome a robeli
90 
Mashome a robong
100 
Lekholo
200 
Makholo a mabeli
300 
Makholo a mararo
400 
Makholo a mane
600 
Makholo a mahlano
600 
Makholo a ts'eletseng
700 
Makholo a supileng
800 
Makholo a robeli
900 
Makholo a robong
1000 
Sekete

Time

Clock time

Hour 
Hora
Hours 
Dihora
Minute 
Motsotso
Minutes 
Metsotso
Second 
Motsotswana
Seconds 
Metsotswana

Duration

Days

Monday 
Mantaha
Tuesday 
Labobedi
Wednesday 
Laboraro
Thursday 
Labone
Friday 
Labohlano
Saturday 
Moqebelo
Sunday 
Sontaha
Weekend 
Mafelo a beke

Months

Januaty 
("...")
February 
("...")
March 
("...")
April 
("...")
May 
("...")
June 
("...")
July 
("...")
August 
("...")
September 
("...")
October 
("...")
November 
("...")
December 
("...")

Writing time and date

Colors

Red 
("...")
Yellow 
("...")
Green 
("...")
Blue 
("...")
Black 
("...")
White 
("...")
Purple 
("...")
Orange 
("...")
Brown 
("...")
Grey 
("...")
Pink 
("...")

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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