Saturday, September 18, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Lesotho

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Before visiting Lesotho, try to learn a few Sesotho terms. The locals value a foreigner who has taken the time to learn their language. Always address an elder or someone of better social status as N’tate (male) or M’e (female).

Hello is Lumela (pronounced due-mela). As a result, you’d say Lumela N’tate or Lumela M’e. Kea leboha (pronounced kia-lebh-oha) means “thank you.” O-pila-joang (U phela joang) – How are you doing? Respond with hantle (well) or Ke phila hantle (I am well) Sala hantle means “stay well” if they are staying and you are leaving. It’s the same as saying goodbye. If they are leaving and you are remaining, Tsamaea hantle means “go well.”

Always react to people: Ignoring someone who welcomes you is very rude. Locals will want to say hello and find out what you’re doing to in their nation if you’re a foreigner.

Never become upset at anybody; in the Basotho culture, individuals never express their anger to others, and if you do, you may easily offend someone. When dealing with Lesotho officials, you will almost definitely get irritated; nevertheless, no matter how much nonsense you are exposed to, you must always maintain your calm. When handing and receiving things, use both hands to demonstrate respect. Respect food as well; don’t toss it about or eat while walking.