Phrases you'll come across on a trip to Botswana

Dumela meaning Good day/Morning/Afternoon/Evening

You can say this to anyone at anytime of the day. Dumela really means accept my warmest compliments

 

Dumelang you say this to greet a group of people together

 

Gaborone pronounce

Pronunciation key: /Ga/ - Ha, /ne/ - knee

 

Go Siame  means goodbye

 Pronunciation key: /Go/ - Who, /Si/ - see, /a/ - apple, 

 

Sharp also means goodbye (but used by young people)

 

Madi  means money

 Pronunciation key: /di/ - dinner

 

Dijo (di-dinner, means food

 Pronunciation key: /Di/ - dinner, /jo/ - jovial