How to Say How Are You in Botswana

How are you? Le kae? O tsogile jang? Do you speak Setswana?

Hello sirDumela, rra (Dumelang, bo rra – plural)
How are you?Le kae? O tsogile jang?
Good bye – it is OKGo siame
Go wellTsamaya sentle
Stay wellSala sentle
Thank youKea leboga
I do not knowGa ke itse (“g” is pronounced as “r” in French)
Do you speak Setswana?A o bua Setswana?
I speak Setswana just a littleKe bua Setswana go le gonnye fela
I don’t speak SetswanaGa ke bue Setswana
No problemGa gona mathata
I am fineKe tsogile sentle. Ke teng.
Come inTsena (Tsenang – plural)
Come hereTla kwano
How much is this?Ke bo kae?
I don’t have any moneyGa ke na madi
What would you like?O batla eng? or O rata eng?
I want some waterKe kopa metsi

How do people greet each other in Botswana?

Start with hello, which is “dumela rra” (doo-meh-lah rah) to a man and “dumela mma” (doo-meh-lah mah) to a woman. Follow that with a handshake: Step 1 Extend your right hand and place your left under your right elbow, as if you were supporting an injured arm. Lightly clasp hands as you would in the U.S.

How are you doing in Botswana?

How are you? – O Kae? How much does it cost? – Ke bokae?

How do you say how are you in Tswana?

The words rra (sir) and mma (madam) are used in formal phrases.
Useful phrases in Tswana.

EnglishSetswana (Tswana)
Hello (General greeting)Dumela
How are you?O tsogile jang (sg) Le kae? (sg) Le tsogile jang? (pl)
Reply to ‘How are you?’Ke tsogile sentle (sg) Re teng (sg) Re tsogile sentle (pl)
Long time no seeKe kgale re sa bonane

How do you say good morning in Botswana?

  1. Dumela means Good day/Morning/Afternoon/Evening. You can say this to anyone at any time of the day.
  2. Dumelang you say this to greet a group of people together.
  3. Gaborone pronounce.
  4. Go Siame means goodbye.
  5. Sharp also means goodbye (but used by young people)
  6. Madi means money.
  7. Dijo (di-dinner, means food.

What language does Botswana speak?


Botswana / Official language

The official languages of Botswana are English and Tswana. English – Inherited from colonial rule and is used for official business and most written communication. Tswana – The language of the Tswana people—Setswana—is a country’s national language, and is spoken by most of the population.