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Many Shiyeyi letters and letter combinations are the same as in Setswana:

Shiyeyi

Shiyeyi Examples

Setswana

Setswana Examples

a

ami, water; amezi, moons

a

aga, build; amogela, receive

b

bara, pass; bisa, destroy

b

boboko, brain; batho, people

d

duuka, gush out, as a gas

d

dilo, things; dira, do, make

f

fuka, cover, as a pot; fwa, die

f

fofa, fly; feta, pass

h

hanga, since; hweta, talk

h

hara, rake; huba, hide

i

inshwi, fish; iki, play

i

ikanya, trust; itse, know

k

kakara, chop; kanda, instruct

k

kakelo, obedience; kokota, knock

kh

khambika, carry; khoma, sleep

kh

khudu, tortoise; khutlo, swelling

m

moni, in; munyana, man

m

mana, dry; metsi, water

n

namushi, today; nanyina, very

n

noka, river, hip; nama, meat

ng

-anga, my; ngaho, just, only

ng

ngaka, doctor; jang, how

p

pata, hold, grab; pa, give, offer

p

pitse, horse; potso, question

ph

phiya, pass quickly; phapata, itch

ph

phephafatsa, clean

r

rara, sleep; rumba, praise, recite

r

rera, preach; ruri, true

s

sa, dig; senga, insult

s

seswaa, cooked & pounded meat

t

tate, (my) father; tera, pour

t

tau, lion; tota, really, completely

th

thema, maybe; thara, mark a line

th

thebe, shield; thobo, harvest

ts

itsizira, taboo; itsa, fully undress

ts

tsela, path; tsamaya, go

tsh

tshwa, spit; tshuwa, own, have

tsh

tshela, live; tshoga, be afraid

u

umutu, person; unyati, buffalo

u

utlwa, hear, feel, understand

w

wambiyaa, friends; wara, read

w

wela, fall toward

y

yuvuruka, understand

y

ya, go; yole, that (one) over there


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