A collection of useful phrases in Lozi, a Bantu language spoken mainly in southwestern Zambia, and also in Zimbabwe, Bostwana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. It is also known as seRotse.
Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Lumela (sg)
|How are you?||U pila cwang?
U zuhile cwang?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Na pila hande, wena u pila cwang?
Ni zuhile sesinde
|Long time no see||Ki kale lusa bonani|
|What's your name?||U mang'i?
Libizo lahao ki mang'i?
|My name is ...||Libizo laka ki ...
Ki na ...
|Where are you from?||Kwa hae ki kai?
U zwa kai?
|I'm from ...||Ni zwa kwa ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ki buitumela ku zibana|
|Lumela; U zuhile cwang'i?|
|Lobala ka kozo|
|Good night||Lobala ka kozo|
|Zamaya sesinde (Go well - said to the those leaving)
Msiyaleng'I sesinde (Stay well - said to the those staying)
U siyale/ Ni ta kubona (see you)
Ni ta kubôna kamuso (see you tomorrow)
Ni ta kubona hape (see you later)
|Good luck!||Ni ku lakaleza litohonolo|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Ube ni lizazi lelinde|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|U zamaye hande
zamaya ka kozo
|I don't understand||Ni ni utwisisi|
|I don't know|
|Please speak more slowly||Bulela ka bunya|
|Please say that again||Ni kupa u bulele hape|
|Please write it down||Ni kupa u bulele hape|
|Do you speak English?||Na wa bulela sikuwa?|
|Do you speak Lozi?||Na wa bulela seRotse?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Lozi|
|How do you say ... in Lozi?||U bulela cwang'i ... ka seRotse|
|Excuse me||Ni kupa swalelo|
|How much is this?||Ki bukai?|
|Thank you||Ni itumezi, mme/ndate|
|Reply to thank you||U amuhezwi|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Simbuzi si kai?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Ndate yo uta lifa tifo kaufela|
|This lady will pay for everything||Kalibe yo uta lifa tifo kaufela|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Wa bata ku bina ni na?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Na ku lata|
|Get well soon||U fole ka putako/ka pili|
|Go away!||Zwa! Zamaya kafoo!|
|Leave me alone!||U ni tuhele|
|Call the police!||Biza mapolisa!|
|Christmas greetings||Kilisimusi ye munati ni matohonolo a silimo/mwaha o munca|
|Birthday greetings||Lizazi la zwalo/sipepo leli munati|
|One language is never enough||Lulimi lu lilimwi|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Mukolo w aka u tezi litapi|
Phrases supplied by Patrick Nawa
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Other collections of Lozi phrases
Bemba, Chichewa, Efik, Ewe, Fula, Herero, Igbo, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Lozi, Luganda, Mossi, Ndebele (Northern - South Africa), Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Southern) Nkore, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Twi, Umbundu, Venda, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu
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