When travelling through foreign lands, you’re bound to experience language barriers which of course make it challenging to communicate and interact with the local people. Communicating with locals is important if you are genuinely wanting to learn more about the place you’re visiting and are eager to connect with them. Locals always have so much to teach visitors and one of the greatest gifts that comes with travelling is the ability to meet people from different walks of life.
Africa is a diverse continent made up of various cultures with a range of languages. Some African countries have more than one official language, for example, South Africa has eleven!
It’s worth learning a few simple words and greetings so that you are able to interact with the people you meet on your journey.
Meet the warm, welcoming people of Botswana, most of which are descendants of the San/Khoi.
Most spoken language: Setswana/Tswana (English is also widely spoken in Botswana)
What is your name? Leina le gago ke mang?
My name is: Leina la me ke… (name)
How are you? Le kae?
I’m from.. Ke tswa ko … (place)
How much is this? E ke bokae?
Thank you: Ke a leboga
Goodbye: Tsamaya sentle
Explore Botswana on an African Overland Tour and experience the beauty of the landscape and wildlife.
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Most spoken language: Swahili (most locals can speak English)
What is your name? Jina lako ni nani?
My name is: Jina langu ni …
How are you? Habari?
I’m from.. Natoka …(place)
How much is this? Hii ni bei gani?
Thank you: Asante
Explore Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda on one of our East Africa Trips.
Most spoken language: Portuguese (English is second)
Hello: Olá! Tchau!
What is your name? Qual é o seu nome?
My name is: Me chamo…
How are you? Como vai?
I’m from.. Eu sou de…
How much is this? Quanto é este
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Muito Obrigado (if a man is speaking)
Muito Obrigada (if a woman is speaking)
Get to know the locals in Mozambique on one of our Mozambique Adventure Tours.
Most spoken language: Afrikaans (English is second, followed by German)
What is your name? Wat is jou naam?
My name is: My naam is..
How are you? Hoe Gaan Dit Met Jou?
I’m from.. Ek is van.. (place)
How much is this: Hoeveel Kos Dit?
Thank you: Dankie
Discover Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes – visit Namibia!
South AfricaAdventure through South Africa on one of our tours and enjoy the diversity of this beautiful country.
Most spoken language: Shona
What is your name? Unonzani?
My name is: Ndinonzi …
How are you? Wakadini zvako?
I’m from.. Ndinobva ku …
How much is this? Chinoita marii?
Thank you: Waita zvako
Goodbye: Sara Zvakanaka