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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

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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


3 Ndebele


4 Xhosa


5 Zulu


6 Sepedi

ke a leboga

7 Sesotho

ke a leboha

8 Setswana

ke a leboga

9 Siswati


10 Tshivenda

ndi a livhuha

11 Xitsonga

ndza Khensa

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. fankie
    October 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    y Tsonga the last??

  2. Mbhekeni Masondo
    February 6, 2017 at 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”.

    • Bilingo SA Beginner
      February 13, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Hi Mbhekeni,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      Your feedback is extremely valuable to us – it helps the team understand what is most important to you.
      We will use your feedback for future improvements.

      Do let us know if there is anything else we need to know or improve on.

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