I’m currently reading a series of books that takes place in Botswana called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
When reading the first book, you quickly come upon the term "Mma" (pronounced "ma") used before a woman’s name and "Rra" (pronounced "ra" with a rolling "r") used before a man’s name. I was curious and looked them up. They’re both terms of respect used in the Setswana language. "Mma" is like "Ma’am" or "Madam", or a more respectful form of "Mrs." "Rra" is like "sir", or a very respectful form of "Mr."
"Dumela" can be used before "Rra" and "Mma" to say, hello sir or ma’am.
You can hear a Botswana Greeting Song called Dumela below…
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