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How to say I don't know in all 11 South African languages

How to say I don’t know in all 11 South African languages

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The phrase ‘I don’t know‘ is used when you are letting someone know that you are not sure about what is being asked. You may also have no knowledge or opinion on a topic.

When someone asks you a question, of course, they want an answer. Our problem is, that sometimes we don’t have an answer for them, and saying “I don’t know” is not good enough.

Here is a list of how to say I don’t know in all 11 official South African languages.

1 English

I don't know

2 Afrikaans

ek weet nie

3 Ndebele


4 Xhosa


5 Zulu


6 Sepedi

ga ke tsebe

7 Sesotho

Ha ke tsebe

8 Setswana

ga ke itse

9 Siswati


10 Tshivenda

a thi ḓivhi

11 Xitsonga

a ndzi tivi

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Comments ( 2 )

  1. Nikiwe
    January 29, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Xhosa is “andazi”

    • Bilingo SA Beginner
      January 31, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Nikiwe 🙂 corrected.

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