A collection of useful phrases in Venda, a Bantu language spoken in parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe
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Key to abbreviations: m = said by males, f = said by females
|Hello (General greeting)||I nhlikanhi
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Ku njhani?
Vho vuwa hani?
Hu ita hani?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ndo vuwa. Vhone?
Nṋe ndo takala vhukuma. Vhone?
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Dzina lavho ndi nnyi?|
|My name is ...||Dzina langa ndi ...|
|Where are you from?||Ni bva gai?
Vha bva ngfhi?
|I'm from ...||Ndi bva ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ndo takala ro divhana|
Ndi matsheloni avhudi (reply)
Ndi masiari avhudi (reply)
Ndi madekwana avhudi (reply)
|Good night||Lo kovhela
Ni edele zwavhudi
|Kha vha sale (to person staying)
Vha tshimbile zwavhudi (to person leaving)
|Good luck!||Ndzi ku navelela mikateko
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Vha vhe na duvha lavhudi|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Vha vhe na lwendo lwavhuḓi|
|I don't know||A thi divhi|
|I understand||Ndi a pfesesa|
|I don't understand||A thi pfesesi|
|Please speak more slowly||Ndi humbela uri vha ambe nga u ongolowa|
|Please say that again||Ndi humbela uri vha dovholole|
|Please write it down||Kha vha tou nwala|
|Do you speak English?||Vha a amba English naa?|
|Do you speak Venda?||Vha a amba Tshivenḓa naa?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Venda|
|How do you say ... in Venda?||Hi pfi ... ndi mini nga Tshivenḓa|
|Excuse me||Tshiimo tsha shishi|
|How much is this?||Zwi ita vhugai? Izwi zwi dura vhugai?|
|Sorry||Ndi khou humbela pfarelo|
|Please||Ndi khou tou humbela|
|Thank you||Ndo livhuwa
Ndo livhuwa nga maanda
|Reply to thank you||No tanganedziwa|
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Ndi a ni funa|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!||Ndi humbela uri vha founele mapholisa!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Ḓuvha ḽa mabebo a Murena ḽavhuḓi
Ni vhe na nwaha wavhuḓi (Season's Greetings)
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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Other collections of Venda phrases
Bemba, Chichewa, Efik, Ewe, Herero, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Lozi, Luganda, Mossi, Ndebele (Northern - South Africa), Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Southern) Nkore, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu