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SiSwati Translation Request

Date Submitted: 02-Dec-2011
From: Philip Davis
Subject: SiSwati Translation Request
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Institution/Organization: Rice University

Notice: Is there a speaker of SiSwati who can provide me information on these two utterances?

(1) Bhuti u-phek-is-el-e Jabulani make kudla.

(2) Jabulani u-nik-is-el-e bantfwana bhuti gogo banana.

First, do they make any sense in SiSwati? If so, what do they say? If not, is there any guess as to what their intention may be so that it can be rendered in better SiSwati?

Thanks! I truly appreciate any help!