Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers (in 11 official languages)

One of the things about living in South Africa is that we have 11 official South African languages to celebrate our diversity. What better way than to learn how to say “Merry Christmas”, “Season’s greetings” and “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in all 11.

So here goes, from the 2018 Editorial Team pictured above. Beccie (left) sadly passed during December this year but she had a very full and productive time on the 2018 editorial team making sure we were all fed on time.

Merry Christmas

  • Afrikaans: Gesëende Kersfees
  • English: Merry Christmas
  • IsiNdebele: Ukresimusi omnandi
  • Sesotho: Keresemese e monate
  • Northern Sotho: Mahlogonolo a Keresemose
  • Setswana: Masego a Keresemose
  • SiSwati: Khisimusi lomuhle
  • Xitsonga: A ku ve Khisimusi lerinene
  • Tshivenda: D’uvha la mabebo a Murena l’avhudi
  • IsiXhosa: Krisimesi emnandi
  • IsiZulu: Ukhisimusi omuhle

Season’s Greetings

  • Afrikaans: Seisoengroete
  • English: Season’s Greetings
  • IsiNdebele: Izilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni
  • Sesotho: Ditakaletso tse Molemo
  • Northern Sotho: Ditumedišo tša Sehla sa Maikhutšo
  • Setswana: Ditumediso tsa setlha
  • Siswati: Tilokotfo letinhle kulesikhatsi semnyaka
  • Xitsonga: Mikateko ya Masiku yo Wisa
  • Tshivenda: Ni vhe na nwaha wavhu’di
  • IsiXhosa: Imibuliso Yelixesha Lonyaka

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  • Afrikaans: Gesëende Kersfees en Voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • English: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  • IsiNdebele: Ukresimusi omnandi nonyaka omutjha omuhle
  • Sesotho: Keresemese e monate le mahlohonolo a selemo se setjha
  • Northern Sotho: Mahlogonolo a Keresemose le ngwaga wo moswa wo monate
  • Setswana: Masego a Keresemose le Boitumelo mo Ngwageng o Mošwa
  • SiSwati: Khisimusi lomuhle kanye neMnyaka lomusha lonenjabulo
  • Xitsonga: A ku vi Khisimusi lerinene naswona a ku vi lembe lerintshwa lerinene
  • Tshivenda: D’uvha la mabebo a Murena na N.waha muswa zwavhudi
  • IsiXhosa: Krisimesi emnandi nonyaka omtsha onamathamsanqa
  • IsiZulu: Ukhisimusi omuhle nonyaka omusha onenjabulo

Predominant languages by province (census 2011 figures) are:

  • Eastern Cape – Xhosa (78.8%), Afrikaans (10.6%)
  • Free State – Sotho (64.2%), Afrikaans (12.7%)
  • Gauteng – Zulu (19.8%), English (13.3%)
  • KwaZulu-Natal – Zulu (77.8%), English (13.2%)
  • Limpopo – Sotho (52.9%), Venda (16.7%)
  • Mpumalanga – Swati (27.7%), Zulu (24.1%)
  • Northern Cape – Afrikaans (68%), Tswana (33.1%)
  • North West – Tswana (63.4%), Afrikaans (9%)
  • Western Cape – Afrikaans (55.3%), Xhosa (24.7%), English (19.3%)
Source The media Club South Africa

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