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Setswana

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aba
give out
kaba
fill
onala
become old
kae?
Where?
gaka
not say it
boloka
to save or bury
ela
to go for
Sarah ga a yo
Sarah is not here
etsa
to imitate
tshwara
catch
gobaka
to bring together
mela
to grow
bona
to see
batalala
to hide
ream
chop
basadi
women
gagaba
creep (stopped there)
katisa
hasten
Dumela mma, o tsogile jang?
Hello Madam, how are you? Literally: How did you wake up / Formal Greeting
maitseboa
evening
fisa
to burn
borogkwe
trousers
ikanya
to believe in
fotlha
take out leaves
kera
cut
kgobokana
come together
bega
to report
adima
borrow
latswa
lick
gatsela
get small
apaya, apeile
cook
bela
to boil
bua
to skin or talk
mara
smear
bola
to get rotten
baa
to put away or down
Ke tsogile sentle
I am fine Formal Greeting
foroma
mould
sala
stay
dika
to surround/best
aroganya
to split
feny
out-class
ba
them 3rd pl
maloba a maabane
day before yesterday
gata
tread on
fosa
miss
rona
ourselves
lema
plough
maabane
yesterday
leleka
chase
letla
allow
akofa
to be quick
madi
money/blood
Go sharpu
OK Informal Greeting
fema
curb
Ke teng
I am fine Less Formal Greeting
golola
to let go
akanya, akantse
think
le
you /ihr 2nd pl
mina
blow one's nose
noketsa
to increase
gadima
to turn back
gopola
to make fire
kgotla
to poke
khutla
come to an end
ngwega
sneak
Ke teng, wena o kae?
I am fine, how are you? Less Formal Greeting
basetsana
girls
kgaola
cut off
Mo Btswana o dira eng?
What do you do in Botswana?
bipa
to cover
Batswana
Botswana Nationals
betsa, beditse
beat
lere
bring
bereka
to work
sala
stay
katela
to fill up
Dumela rra/mma
Hello Sir/Madam Formal Greeting
hupa
to put in ones mouth
laela
bid farewell
Ke ithuta Setswana
I am learning Setswana
apaya
to cook
momona
suck
epa
to dig
lonao
foot
itumela
be happy
budula
to blow
jala
plough
O bidiwa mang?
Who are you called? Informal
ruta
teach
fitlha
to bury or hide
gwetlha
to poke
rusa
get rusty
Le nna, ke tswa ko Jeremane
I also come from Germany
lela
cry
o
he/she 3rd sg
inama
bent
sega
cut
leka
try
beke e
this week
Wa reng?
What's up Literally: what do you say? Informal Greeting
rekisa
sell
tsoga, tsogile
wake, woke up
gana
to refuse
baesekele
bicycle
na le
have
borotho
bread
offisi
office
haka
to hook
kopi
cup
rata
like, love
watche
watch, clock
kgomaretsa
paste
komoso
tomorrow
Go siame rra
OK Sir
koropa
scrub
Ko Ko!
Knock Knock! Entering a house
konya
halt
fologa
to come down
bula
to open
letsa
ring or call
kgesa
scold
Le kae /lo kae?
How are you? Plural Less Formal Greeting
reka, rekile
buy
tshela
pours
nna
myself
fifala
to get dark
idibala
faint
kgetholola
segregatin
metsi
water
tlatswa
wash something
puthlama
get destroyed
tla
come
boba
to get to sleep
laya
give instructions
koko
chicken
Ke itumelela gogo itse
I am happy to know you
ene
himself/herself
kgabagana/kgabakanya
across
umaka
mention
kagabakaba
simmer
leswana
spoon
lomeleta
put another person at a disadvantage
kopa
ask
Sarah o yo
Sarah is here
sekepe
ship
kolota
owe
mona
lick
kukunya
come out
busa
to take back
kgama
hold by the neck
LELA
CRY
nama yo koko
chicken meat
kuka
lift
foufala
to get blind
Leina la gago ke mang?
What is your name? Formal
bolfa
to be scared of
kgakola
put on a new attire
kgala
scold/chide
bopama
to get thin
tsamaya, tsamaile
leave
kubetsa
to fumigate with smoke/knock body with something blunt
khenekha
repair
beisa
to run
setilo
chair
mota
smear
fata
to dig for
lata
to go for
ithwelw
become pregnant
utswa
steal
kua
shot
ke
me 1st sg
lokolola
dislocate
bothso
question
latlha
throw
fapa
bandage
ke bereka mo offising
I am working in the office
dima
to cause noise
tla kwano
come here
setehako
shoe
atlalatsa
spread
Go jwang?
How is it? Informal Greeting
bora
to drill a hole
dumela
to agree
fokotsa
alter/make small
paka e lethlatula
harvest time
nama
meat
kotula
cut corn
Ke bidiwa Esther, wena o mang?
I am called Esther, who are you?
dia
to delay
bina
dance
disa
herding
moithuti
student/learner
kgwa
vomit
kgalema
speak angrily
Ke bidiwa Esther
I am called Esther Informal
bula
open
koboga
scratch
betsa
fight/beat
O nna ko/kwa Broadhurst mo Gaborone
He stays at Broadhurst in Gaborone
kgwedi
month
ja, jele
eat
lomagana/lomaganya
bring together
tsamaya
leave, go
akga
to carry
beke e fetileng
week which is past
topa
mend
khuetsa
in through the mouth
enya
to grow
kalola
keep awake
gotla
cry
thusa
help
mashi
milk
faa
give
mo
in/on, inside
lekana
FIT WELL
bitsa
to call
gapa
to take from
tomola
TAKE OUT
gama
to milk
gakala
to be angry
kwala
write
tshwara
hold
kokobala
float
ntlo
house
besa
to roast
Tsena
Come in
ila
to hate
lebala
forget
opela
sing
lere
bring
ngala
get angry
tapole
potato
gobatsa
to harm
leba
look
koda
sent away
aga
to build
tlhapa, thlapile
wash yourself
laisa
load
ina
dip in
utkwa
listen
kopany
bring together
naya
give
kwala
write
huma
get rich
aena
to iron clothes
ke robetse ka 11 maabane bosigo
I slept at 11 o'clock last night
kitlana
bring close together
morogo
vegetable
lootsa
sharpen
kgona
to be able to
didimala
to keep quiet
baithuti
students/learners
loma
bite
futsa
curse
diega
to take long
huduga
leave a place
Ke tswa ko jeremane, wena o tswa kae?
I come from Germany, where are you from?
bala, badile
read
alafa
to cure
gagola
tear
Ba kwa tirong
they are at work
lousela
to die
iketla
relax
tsoga
wake (up)
lpa
get tired
gaisa
to out-class someone
nyatsa
look down upon
mena
make a hem
Sefane sa me ke Fink
My surname is Fink
bone
themselves
phosomela
fall into something (especially a hole)
kana
swear
fagola
o castrate
butswa
to get cooked
noka
to take care of
eletsa
graving
gompieno
today
motswana
Botswana national
kgweetsa
drive
bonana
see each other
bela
boil/brew
Ke tsile ka November 2007
I came in November 2007
loga
plait
fola
recover after illness
ungwa
grow
akabala
to be perplexed
bofa
to tighten
lopa
request
tlhola, tlhotse
spend, spent the day
bolela
to tell
bosigo
night
fuduga
to et out of
ga
draw from
upa
sprinkle charms in the garden to destroy beasts or birds
apara
to wear (clothes)
kgwakgwaetsa
drag
phakela/mo mosong
morning
dikela
to turn at the corner
shopo
shop
fefera
to remove unwanted weeds from corn or maize
kuba
clear grass
Flora o ko Francistown
Flora is in Francistown
nyela
defecate
goga
to pull
kala
measure
botsa
to ask (a question)
akanya
to think
kokola
take out
ala
to make bed
Sefane sa gago ke mang?
What is your surname?
Ke nna ko Block 6
I stay in Block 6
golaganya
to join
utswa
steal
kganya
shine
kappa
catch
lesa
leave
nwaa, nole
drink
nyala
marry
thusa
help
boba
break
ara
to operate a patient
tsa
not allow
Re teng
We are fine Plural Less Formal Greeting
legodu
thief
gadika
to fry
hira
to hire
kgantele
a few moments/hours ago
jang?
How?
tshokologo
afternoon
bua
speak,talk
ngala
throw
O tsile leng mo Botswana?
When did you come to Botswana?
gata
to step on
diaparo
clothes
mosadi
woman
ineela
give in
ema
stop
tlapi
fish
haraka
to rake
kgaba
dress well
lona
yourselves
kgatsha
sprinkle
fetola
turn meat or reply
nokama
be above
komakoma
sprinkling
pala
refuse
enta
to vaccinate
kopa
beg
Ke nna ko Partial, wena o nna kae?
I stay in Partial, where do you stay?
sia
run away
Tsamaya sentle
Good bye Literally: leave well
bobora
to speak in a deep voice
huhmela
to get underneath
fetlha
stir
maloba
a few day/weeks/months ago
gasa
to shower
leta
wait
nna
to sit
kgoma
touch
Dumela mma, o kae?
Hello Madam, how are you? Literally: where are you? Less Formal Greeting
raroga
run
motshegare
daytime
Ko/kwa
to, from, at
loa
bewitch
laola
command
hema
breath
fotlha
take out leaves
bina
to dance
lesa
leave something
dira
to do
keta
play
bapola
to stretch
ruta
teach
Sala sentle
Good bye Literally: stay well
metsa
swallow
galefa
get angry
kgwagetsa
hang
anela
to tell
re
we 1st pl
ja
eat
loma
bite
teng
around, available
thuso
help
ngwaga
year
atlhama
open ones mouth
Ke tsogile sentle, wena o tsogile jang?
I am Fine, how are you? Formal Greeting
kgopa
to remove
Leina la me ke Esther. Wena leina la gago ke mang?
My name is Esther, what is your name?
Ke tsile ka sefofane
I came by plane
tamati
tomato
tsoga
wake up
atlarela
to accept
ngana
argue
dusa
get pregnant animals
kgapa
spread
Robala sentle rra
Sleep well Sir Informal Good bye
go lwa
fight
bapala
to look for thongs
lolama
be straight as a path
aramela
to come closer
se
know
bepa
to cool down
anega
to spread
masole
soldier
gabola
to sip
botha
rested, especially done by livestock
kgatlha
please/delight
bojalwa
beer/alcoholic beverage
baki
jacket
gagautla
to shout at
robala
sleep
ngotla
make smaller
kgaola
cut
batla, batile
want/need
fusa
cows beeing without milk
leboga
thank
foka
to blow
fatlha
to get foreign body into the eye
Boroko mma
Good night madam Informal Good bye
atlhola
to judge, pass a sentence
bopa
to mould
fofa
to fly
mabele
sorghum
Jaanong onna kae?
Now where do you stay?
beta
to choke
loka
put on sugar or salt
Re tlaa bonana
We will see each other Informal Good bye
hempe
shirt
nobola
peel
kokota
knock
leba
look
noba
bend
gakgamala
shocked
ithuta
learn
mosetsana
girl
sukiri
sugar
Mosetsana yole, o bidiwa mang?
The girl over there, what is she called?
tsena
enter
fatsa
to split firewood
kotama
squat
Ga ke re sepe
OK Literally: I don't say anything Informal Greeting
araba
to answer
ata
become many
gosomana
fall down
seterata
street
taga
intoxicate
fetsa
finish
kokomoga
rise
gara
to coil
amoga
to take from
O tsile ka eng?
How did you come? Literally: You came by what?
emisa
stop something passing
kgetha
subscribe
kopola
take a little
kgomo
beef
dutla
to leak
wena
yourself 2nd sg
mmidi
maize
sefofane
airplane
Dumela rra, o tlhotse jang?
Hello Sir, how are you Formal Greeting in the afternoon
paka e mariga
winter
Leina la gagwe ke Molly
Her name is Molly
bereka
work
gobatsa
hurt
Go siame
It's OK, it is fine
tlhaba
stab
bogola
to bark
gaba
to curve
keketa
cut uneven
koma
nod/lick
O tswa kae?
Where are you from?
hupela
to suffocate
o
you / du 2nd sg
kaya
to show
botoka
better
robala, robetse
sleep, slept
beke e e tlang
week which is coming

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