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Contraction of siyawubona (we see you). The use of wu- as an object concord is rare outside this phrase; ku- is the usual second person object concord.


IPA(key): /sawuɓóːna/


sawubona (to one person, to multiple people sanibonani)

  1. hello
  2. good day (good morning, good afternoon, good evening)

Usage notes[edit]

The singular form sawubona is used to greet a single person and can be used anytime of the day. You can use sawubona to greet people you know and also people that you do not know. For multiple people, sanibonani is used.