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Xhosa words for everyday Life Part 6



In lesson 6 we will go trough another gulp of Xhosa words, this time focusing on the construction of simpler sentences, like greetings and conversation, both formal and informal:

English Xhosa

Hello or Hi Molo (singular) (informal email) (conversational: all times of the day) Molweni (plural)

What's your name? Ngubani igama lakho?

My name is... Igama lam ngu...

thank you ndiyabulela / enkosi

How are you? Unjani? (singular) Kunjani? (plural)

I'm fine Ndiphilile

You're welcome Wamkelekile

Good evening Ubusuku obuhle

Good night Rhonani/Buthongo obumnandi

Goodbye To those staying:

Sala kakuhle (singular) Salani kakuhle (plural) To those departing:

Hamba kakuhle/Uhambe kakuhle (singular)

Hambani kakuhle/Nihambe kakuhle (plural)

Dear... (formal letter or email)... obekekileyo

Yours Sincerely... (formal letter or email) Owakho Ngenene

Kind Regards (casual letter or email) Ngemibuliso

Have a lovely day (friendly email or text) Ube nemini emyoli

Happy birthday Min'emnandi (yokuzalwa)

Season's Greetings Imibuliso Yelixesha Lonyaka

Merry Christmas IKrismesi eMnandi

....and a happy New Year Krisimesi emnandi nonyaka omtsha onamathamsanqa

Happy Easter Ube nePasika emnandi

I love you Ndiya kuthanda

yes ewe

no hayi

Dear Sir Madam Mnu/Nkszk Ebekekileyo

TitleI wonga

Miss (Miss.) Nkosazana (Nkszn.)

Mrs (Mrs.) Nkosikazi (Nkskz.)

Mrs/Ms (Ms.) Nkosazana/Nkosikazi (Nksz.)

Mister (Mr.) Mnumzana (Mnu.)

Doctor (Dr.) Gqirha (Gqr.)

Messieurs (Messrs.) Abanumzana (Abanumzana.)

Professor (Prof.) Njingalwazi (Njing.)

Reverend (Rev.) Mfundisi (Mfu.)

Sister (Sr.) Mongi omkhulu (Mongi omkhulu.)

Other Omnye