Local traditions and culture in Provincia de Maputo

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    English - Portuguese - Shangaan DICTIONARY

    by MarioPortugal Updated Oct 27, 2007

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    Despite Portuguese being the official language and widely spoken by Mozambicans in general, Shangaan is a popular local language in Provincia de Maputo, Mozambique's most southern Provincia.

    On this Tip you may find my little dictionary.

    Please note the way I was taught by the locals that phonetics for Shangaan words are the same as for Portuguese.

    DICTIONARY
    English - Portuguese - Shangaan
    Thank you - Obrigado - Kanimanbo
    No problem - Não há problema - Akunamahkha
    Black man - Homem preto - Mulandy
    White man - Homem branco - Mulungo
    Friend - Amigo - Mungano
    I'm pleased. Thank you very much - Estou agradecido. Muito Obrigado - Nikensile

    I - Eu - Mina
    You - Tu - Wene
    He / She - Ele / Ela - Hiena
    We - Nos - Hina
    You - Vos - Nouwin
    They - Eles / Elas - Wone

    Car - Carro - Mova
    Water - Agua - Agua or Mate
    Coffe - Café - Café
    Tea - Chá - Chá or Tchana
    Beer - Cerveja - Cerveja

    Portugal - Portugal - Mboene
    Mozambique - Moçambique - Moçambique
    Heart - Coração - Mbilo
    My heart - Meu coração - Mbilo Ianga
    Hair - Cabelo - Missise
    You are very pretty - Tu es muito bonita - Uchonguile ihmtamu
    See you tomorrow - Ate amanha - Ate mudsuco

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    The Pusa Market

    by MarioPortugal Written Feb 9, 2007

    On August 26, 2006, my friends brought me a local market named Pusa. (We not very sure about the real name of that local but one of my friends said it was Pusa).

    The Pusa Market is somewhere located not very far from Ponta-do-Ouro in the very southern Mozambican border with South-Africa.

    It seems that it was actually a two local markets side-by-side, one on the Mozambican side and the other on the south-African side, separated only by simple fence.

    Cars are unable to cross the border on that spot but it seemed that people could freely cross the international border without any bureaucratic issue involved.

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    Ponta Mamoli - Local Fishermen

    by MarioPortugal Updated Feb 8, 2007

    On August 25, 2006, I met two local fishermen at Ponta Mamoli beach. They were carrying their bags with plenty different types of fish.

    Curiously none fishermen knew the name of one single fish they had just caught !! - They even showed me an Octopus and were wrongly naming it a Squid !!

    Anyway, I guess local fishermen catch whatever the sea offers to them and do not really bother about the names of their catches.

    Mr Madala, 50. (also known as Sibia) Mr Madala, 50. (also known as Sibia) Sim��o Tembe, 41. Sim��o Tembe, 41. Mr Madala, 50. (also known as Sibia)
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    Rustic Local Bar (near Ponta Mamoli beach)

    by MarioPortugal Updated Dec 12, 2006

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    Southern Mozambique - November 11, 2006:

    It's very Hot. Good to know that there's this Bar nearby with fresh beer to sell. My friends and I were all at the Ponta Mamoli beach and just needed to do a short ride to this place. ....

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    A Big fish bought for 100 MTn (3 Euros)

    by MarioPortugal Written Dec 12, 2006

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    Southern Mozambique - November 11, 2006:

    The Fish (pictured on this Tip), enough to feed two families and just caught from in the Ocean, was bought from the local fisherman for 100 MTn (about 3 Euros).

    Luciana holds the fish
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    Pusa Market - Dancing in the Rain.

    by MarioPortugal Written Feb 9, 2007

    Locals happily dancing in rain in the Pusa market, right next to the at the very southern Mozambique's South-African border.

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    Local Children (I) - Ponta do Ouro.

    by MarioPortugal Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    These are some friends I chatted with while visiting Ponta do Ouro, a village located at the very southern border of Mozambique with South Africa.

    Cilidinha, 4.
    Dudu, 7.
    Salmento, 4.
    Nina, 10.

    Cilidinha, 4 - Dudu, 7 - Salmento, 4 - Nina, 10.

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    Local Children (II) - Ponta do Ouro.

    by MarioPortugal Written Sep 10, 2006

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    More friendly locals I chatted with while visiting Ponta do Ouro in southern Mozambique:

    Maria.
    Amélia.
    Jorge, 7.
    Venâncio, 10.
    Pascoinha.
    Pedro.

    Maria, Am��lia, Jorge, Ven��ncio, Pascoinha, Pedro. Pascoinha Jorge & Pedro Maria Am��lia

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