There are 2 main translations of work in Setswana

: work1work2

work1

tirô

nounPlural works

  • 1

    tirô
    ‘Digging is hard work’ Go êpa ke tirô e thata
    • something you have to do that needs effort or energy
  • 2

    tirô
    mmerekô
    • a job
    • employment
  • 3

    tirô
    ‘The teacher marked our work’ Morutabana o tshwaile tirô ya rona
    • something produced by work
  • 4

    tirô
    ‘the works of William Shakespeare’ ditirô tsa ga William Shakespeare
    • a piece of writing, painting, music, etc.

There are 2 main translations of work in Setswana

: work1work2

work2

bêrêka

verbworked, working, works

  • 1

    bêrêka
    • do work
  • 2

    bêrêka
    ‘She works in a bank’ O bêrêka kwa bankeng
    • have a job
    • be employed
  • 3

    bêrêka
    ‘Is the lift working?’ A lefiti e a bêrêka?
    • act or operate correctly or successfully
  • 4

    baakanya
    dirisa
    ‘Can you work the lift?’ A o kgona go dirisa lefiti?
    • make something act
    • operate
  • 5

    duba
    bopa
    ‘Work the mixture into a paste’ Duba motswakô gore o nne bomôtô
    • shape and press
  • 6

    tsamaela mo mannong mangwe
    ‘The screw had worked loose’ Sepekere se ne se somogile
    • gradually move into a particular position