Based on an original compiled by Phil Deutschle
Setswana is the national language of Botswana, while English is the official language. In practice this means that though many people speak other languages at home, most will be able to converse in Setswana. English will be spoken by those who have been to school, or who have been outside the country. This means most people, with the exception of the older generation in rural areas.
Learning to speak a little Setswana is easy and, even in educated circles, trying to speak a few words of the language will mark you out as showing respect for the country's culture. It will open many doors, and really make a difference to how you are received. Carry the most important phrases on a slip of paper, and practise whenever you can.IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS ON-LINE CHAPTER
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