sawubona

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Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /sawuˈɓona/, [sawuˈɓɔːna]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Interjection[edit]

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 of similar age that you know well. For multiple people, or to respectfully greet a single person, sanibonani is used.