Multilingual South African Dictionary

Multilingual South African Dictionary

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How to say thank you in all 11 official SA languages

How to say: thank you in all 11 South African languages

Date: June 29th, 2015

Why say thank you? Well, we do it partly because we’ve been taught from a young age that it is the right thing to do. We learn to say thank you to those who offer us help, who give things to us and who provide guidance or support.

We say thank you for gifts, thank you for special favors, and thank you for assistance in times of need. But it’s not only the big things where thank you matters. We also say thank you as we’re handed our change in the store, thank you to someone who holds the door for us, and thank you to the person who passes us the salt at dinner.

It’s a phrase that is pretty much ubiquitous. But it’s never unwelcome, and it can mean so much.

Here is a list of how to say thank you in all 11 official South African languages.

1 English

thank you

2 Afrikaans

dankie

3 Ndebele

ngiyathokoza

4 Xhosa

enkosi

5 Zulu

ngiyabonga

6 Sepedi

ke a leboga

7 Sesotho

ke a leboha

8 Setswana

ke a leboga

9 Siswati

ngiyabonga

10 Tshivenda

ndi a livhuha

11 Xitsonga

ndza Khensa

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fankie
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fankie
October 30, 2015 4:42 pm

y Tsonga the last??

Mbhekeni Masondo
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Mbhekeni Masondo
February 6, 2017 2:25 pm

This is very useful but I think it would enhance it to include the plurals of the “thank you”s eg in Zulu , “Ngiyabonga is singular while the plural is “Siyabonga”.

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