Stuff You Can Say In siSwati



Sanibonani! Hello!
Yebo! Hello back! Literally, "Yes."
Ninjani? How are you all? Literally "They are how?"
Siyaphila, nine ninjani? We're fine, how are you all?
Natsi siyaphila. We are also fine.


Sawubona! Hello!
Yebo! Hello back! 
Kunjani? How are you?
Ngiyaphila, wena kunjani? I'm fine, how are you?
Nami ngiyaphila. I am also fine.

Useful Words and Phrases

Yebo. Yes. Yebo pela! Super yes!
Cha*. No
Hamba kahle***. Go well.
Sala kahle. Stay well.
Sitobonana futsi. We'll see you later. Sitobonana kusasa. We'll see you tomorrow.
Sitobuya. We will return.
Ngiyakhuluma** kancane siSwati. I speak a little siSwati.
Angivisisi. I don't understand.
Angati. I don't know.
Utokwendani namuhla? What will you do today?
Ngiyabonga kakhulu. Thank you very much.
Kuyashisa kakhulu. It's wicked hot.
Kuyamoya. It's windy.
Kuyanuka. It smells/stinks.
Ngidziniwe. I'm tired.
Ngomile. I'm thirsty.
Ngilambile. I'm hungry.
Kudla kumnandzi. The food is delicious!
Ngifisa kunatsa tjwala. I want to drink beer.
Ngifisa kunatsa tjwala kakhulu. I want to drink a lot of beer.
Phangisa! Hurry!
Musa! Don't!
Thulani! You all be quiet!
Sitosala i-shelter. We'll get off at the bus shelter.
Amalini? How much?
Ayadura. Expensive.
Anginalutfo. I have nothing.
Angifuni. I don't want it.
Kulungile. OK.
Akunankinga. No worries.
Ngitzandza** i-Kaizer Chiefs. I love the Kaiser Chiefs (a mandatory allegiance, according to our siSwati teacher)

*ch and c are clicks, Use your tongues to make a "tsk" sound then put the vowel sound at the end.
**ng at the beginning of a word (Ngi- means "I") is pronounced like the ng at the end of the English word "song." In the middle of a word, the ng is more like it is in the word English.
*** hl is pretty much unpronounceable by English language speakers. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and blow air out the sides. This is pretty much the sound. K sounds like the g in good. Kh is a hard k, like in kite.

Also note that ph is p as in pea, and th is t as in time. I is pronounced like ee in knee. E is generally approximate at ay as i lay. So, phanisa, pah-knee-suh. Kulungile, goo-loon-ghee-lay. This are not true phonetic guides, but an approximation. 

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