22 May 2006

Lumela / Dumela

Lumela in Lesotho and Dumela in South Africa are the Sesotho greeting. Literally, the word means "agree," though it isn't clear what the greeted person is required to agree with. Lumela is singular and lumelang is plural, or respectful what addressed to one person. Which of the responses in this quiz are inappropriate?

  1. Lumela (Hello)
  2. Lumela
    Ke lapile

  3. U phela joang? (How are you?)
  4. Hantle
    Sala hantle

  5. Lebitso laka ke Thabiso (My name's Thabiso)
  6. Oena?
    Ke thabela ho u tseba

  7. Khotso (Hello -- literally "peace")
  8. Khotso
    Ke hantle

  9. Tsamaea hantle (Goodbye -- literally "go well")
  10. Robala hantle
    Lumela

  11. Ke phela hantle, uena? (I'm fine, and you?)
  12. Sala hantle
    Le 'na ke phela hantle

  13. Nka u thusa? (May I help you?)
  14. E, kea leboha
    E, tsamaea hantle

  15. Le phela joang? (How are you?)
  16. Rea phela, uena?
    Kea phela, uena?

  17. Sala hantle (Goodbye -- literally "stay well")
  18. Tsamaea hantle
    Ke lapile

  19. Thutiso ena e felile (This quiz is over)
  20. Kea leboha
    Lebitso laka ke Rethabile
Practise these over and over until you feel comfortable using them. Most folks learn through books and the internet, without the benefit of talking to people. So use the means at your disposal well, or, what the hell, go to Lesotho for a holiday next time. Remember that in Lesoth, "li" is /dee/ and "lu" is /doo/. Here are two links to visit:

-- http://premiumwanadoo.com/sotho
-- http://www.achairslife.com

02 May 2006

Lijo, or Food

Remember that in southern Sotho, "li" is pronounced "di" -- so food in Sesotho becomes /dee-JAW/
  1. Papa is a kind of

  2. soup
    bread
    meat

  3. The verb "to eat" is

  4. ho ja
    ho nyofa
    ho nyokotla

  5. What's "lipabi"?

  6. ground maize + sugar
    bread + fruit
    ground sorghum + honey

  7. Say, "May I have some food?"

  8. Ke kopa lijo
    Ke batla lijo
    Ke tsoma lijo

  9. Say, "I'm thirsty."

  10. Ke kopa metsi
    Ke nyoruoe
    Ke lapile

  11. In Sesotho, very good food (delicacy?) is called

  12. Delicacy
    Masutsa
    Matlapa

Want more quizzes? Come back soon, or visit the following links:
Sesotho Numbers (http://www.coolquiz.com/myquiz/myquiz.asp?Quiznum=1294015524)
Sesotho house words (http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/sotho/quizzes/quiz.php?quiz=2)
Sesotho clothes words (http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/sotho/quizzes/quiz.php?quiz=6)
Pronouncing Sesotho (http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/sotho/quizzes/quiz.php?quiz=8)