In Lesotho, a visitor gets the best meal. She/He is served on the best plate. Visitors seldom go without something to eat. Motoho - "Sour porridge" - is one of the traditional foods commonly given to visitors. Earlier on, a visitor would be given food even before he/she could be asked where he/she come from. This practice is still experienced in th villages, although due to poverty, it is not so common. Basotho are known to be sharing people. It would not be surprising if your neighbor borrows some utensils from you and the vice versa. Villagers help and support one another.

  • I am hungry
  • Ke lapile
  • I am thirsty
  • Ke nyoriloe
  • May I please have some food?
  • Ke kopa lijo
  • → / kay ko-pah dee-jo /
  • May I please have some water?
  • Ke kopa metsi
  • → / kay ko-pah meh-tsee /
  • This food tastes delicious
  • Lijo tsena li monate
  • → / dee-jo tsay-nah dee mo-nah-tay /
  • I am full
  • Ke khots'e
  • → / kay ho-tsay /

Utensils

  • Spoon
  • Khaba
  • Pot
  • Pitsa
  • Knife
  • Thipa
  • Kettle
  • Ketlele
  • Glass
  • Khalase
  • Cup
  • Kopi
  • Plate
  • Sekotlolo - A basin is also called "sekotlolo"
  • Dish cloth
  • Fatuku
  • Bucket
  • Nkho
  • Stick for stiring papa (maize meal)
  • lesokoana

Common foods in Lesotho

  • Tomatoes
  • Tamati
  • → / tah-mah-tee /
  • Potatoes
  • Litapole
  • → / dee-tah-po-lay /
  • Onions
  • Hanyanyese
  • → / hah-nyah-nyay-say /
  • Vegetables
  • Moroho
  • → / mo-row-ho /
  • Pap
  • Papa
  • → / Basotho's staple food /
  • Carrots
  • Lihoete
  • → / Dee-hwe-te /