Thursday, August 16, 2007

The following data is from Dr Monaka of the University of Botswana [Department of English] with minor additions from me.


SHENGOLOGA

SETSWANA

ENGLISH

rhingone

ditlopi/motlopi

motlopi berries

sesenyana

sesane/tshesane

thin

hombe

gompieno

today

kuma

sitwa

feel cold

he hogo

re gona/e

we are there

morhiso

maši

milk

mho

kgomo

cow

thodje

mmutla

hare

mhagka

thipa/thipana

knife

kwane

peba/nthufe

wild rat

kankape

serurubele

butterfly

autate

ntate-/rre-mogolo

grandfather

thagu

leoto/lekoto

leg

lenghurhi

morubisi

owl

lotshotsho

loleme

tongue

khakha

khudu

turtle

bogkotje

lodi

cord from tree

lezhogkololo

sebokolodi

millipede

kobe

nkoko/mmemogolo

grandmother

tantape

mokgantsitswe

mokgantitswane

lizard

leshwaha

legwafa

armpit

mothana

mokwatla

back (noun)

motchwana

ngwana

child

ncu

nnye

small

nnyane

nonyane

bird

powa

kgotloko/poo

bull

tchamo

molala/thamo

neck


3 comments:

beading dancer said...

lentse lelekae....my tswana is terrible. Im from joburg,but im living in Japan for now.
I would like to find out more about my culture and its dances. I am a dancer and will in future be going home to learn about my traditional dances in full. And the lnguage cause i never learnt it...just spoke it. The font u used for the blog is a bit small I couldnt read it o.k. Where are u based? koBotswana? Botswana kokae?would love to get more info....Bonolo

Anonymous said...

hi thaps. you r doing a great job.i just want 2 make a correction fro sengologa-sebokolodi, re se bitsa 'lejogkololo'. otherwise great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Ao prof, a ware ditlopi go tewa motlopi berries. Where I come from that's a VERY vulgar word that I wouldn't be caught dead thinking about, it even gives me goosebumps!