Useful Xhosa Phrases – Speaking Xhosa

Useful Xhosa Phrases – For speaking Xhosa

Useful Xhosa Phrases – Speaking Xhosa

When I travel to a new country I always learn a bit of the local language. I learned a bit of Chichewa, the most common language in Malawi, as well as a bit of Shona, the most spoken language in Zimbabwe. I noticed locals always appreciate the effort and respond positively.

The click language Xhosa is one of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa. It is mainly spoken in the Eastern and the Western Cape of South Africa. Are you planning to travel South Africa and would you like to learn a bit of Xhosa? I put together a list of what I found to be most useful words in the Xhosa language to use while traveling and meeting South Africans. My video, which you will find on the bottom of this post, is perfect to get started with the most important expressions. My friend Asanda is Xhosa and is teaching me and you. So enjoy!

English to Xhosa Translation:

Hello/ Good morning

Molo (1 Person)


Hello/ Good morning

Molweni (more than 1 Person)


How are you?




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Fine, thank you.

Ndiyaphila enkosi.


What is your name?

Ngubani igama lakho?


My name is …

Igama Iam ngu…


Nice to meet you.

Ndiyavuya ukukwazi.



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I am sorry




Uhambe/Usale kakuhle


Good night

Ulale kakuhle



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Where is the toilet?

Iphi indlu yangasese?

Iphi itoilet?




Do you speak English?

Uyasithetha isingesi na?



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Is there someone here who speaks English?

Ukhona apha umntu othetha isiNgesi?


I need help!

Ndicela uncedo!


Come here!



I don´t know!




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I am going.



Which language did you learn when going on a holiday. Please let me know in the comments!


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Watch my video to learn the pronounication:

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