By going through this topic, you'll be able to tell time (days of the week, months and dates) in Sesotho and use them in different contexts. Basotho are generally polychronic (use other ways to tell measure time) in the way in which they "conceive of and handle time," whereas the Americans are monochronic (use clock/watch to measure time) in the way they conceive of and handle time. Basotho observe time differently from Americans. According to the Americans, punctuality is very important for their schedules. According to Basotho, there is always plenty of time, especially out in the villages. Life is slower, but in schools and in offices time is observed in the same manner as the Americans do.


Basic Timing

  • in the morning
  • hoseng
  • noon
  • mots'eare
  • in the evening
  • mantsiboea
  • at night
  • bosiu
  • today
  • kajeno
  • yesterday
  • maobane
  • tomorrow
  • hosane

Days of the week

  • Monday
  • Mantaha
  • Tuesday
  • Labobeli
  • Wednesday
  • Laboraro
  • Thursday
  • Labone
  • Friday
  • Labohlano
  • Saturday
  • Moqebelo
  • Sunday
  • Sontaha

Months of the year

  • January
  • Pherekhong
  • February
  • Hlakola
  • March
  • Tlhakubele
  • April
  • 'Mesa
  • May
  • Motšeanong
  • June
  • Phuptjane
  • July
  • Phupu
  • August
  • Phato
  • September
  • Loetse
  • October
  • Mphalane
  • November
  • Pulungoana
  • December
  • Tšitoe

Seasons of the year

  • Summer
  • Hlabula
  • → / /
  • Autumn
  • Hoetla
  • → / /
  • Winter
  • Mariha
  • → / Maria /
  • Spring
  • Selemo
  • → / /