Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Luganda Class


Here are some of the words I’ve learned (you can learn along with me!):


How are you? – Olyootya? à when pronounced, double vowels are prolonged


Thank you – Weebale (pronounced way-ba-leh)


Goodbye – Weeraba (pronounced way-la-ba à ‘r’s are pronounced like ‘l’s)


Pardon me? or Yes? – Wanji (pronounced wan-jee)



Greetings & Civilities

Good morning ...................Wasuze otya nno? (literally 'how was your night?')
Good afternoon..................Osiibye otya nno? (literally, 'how was your day?')
Good evening.................... Osiibye otya nno?
[The one asked responds with "Bulungi" (i.e. 'fine') and repeats the inquiry]Hi? (informal)..............................................Ki kati?
How are you?...............................................Oli otya?
I am OK.......................................................Gyendi
Have a nice day............................................Siiba bulungiGood night....................................................Sula bulungi (on retiring)
Farewell (to one person)...............................Weeraba
Farewell (to several people).......................... Mweraba
Welcome (to one person)..............................Tukusanyukidde
Welcome (to several people).........................Tubasanyukidde
See you later.................................................Tunaalabagana
Please............................................................Mwattu
Please shut the door.......................................Mwattu ggalawo oluggi
Please clean my room.....................................Mwattu longoosa ekisenge kyange
Please come in................................................Mwattu yingira
Please sit down...............................................Mwattu tuula wansi
Thank you......................................................Weebale
You are welcome........................................... Kale
Excuse me (to get attention)............................Owange
Pardon? (What did you say?)..........................Wangi? / Ogambye ki?
I'm sorry (apology)..........................................Nsonyiwa

Meeting People

What is your name....................Erinnya lyo ggwe ani?
My name is...............................Erinnya lyange nze....

Forms of Address

It is considered polite to show respect to older people regardless of their station in life. Respectful forms of address should be used when addressing superiors.
Sir.............................................Ssebo
Madam......................................Nnyabo
Mr.............................................Mwami
Mrs............................................Mukyala

Age

How old are you?.................................Olina emyaka emeka?
I am...............................................Nina......
    20 years old.................................Emyaka abiri (20)
    35 years old.................................Emyaka asatu mu etaano (35)

Nationalities

Where are you from?.................Ova ludda wa?
I am from...........................................Nva....
    Belgium......................................Bubirigi
    Canada.......................................Kanada
    Egypt..........................................Misiri
    England.......................................Bungereza
    Europe........................................Bulaaya
    Finland........................................Finilandi
    France.........................................Bufalansa
    Germany......................................Budaaki
    Greece.........................................Buyonaani
    India............................................Buyindi
    Italy.............................................Yitale
    Japan...........................................Japaani
    Kenya..........................................Kenya
    Sudan...........................................Sudaani
    Sweden........................................Swideni
    Tanzania.......................................Tanzaniya
    USA............................................Amerika
I am a/an..............................................Ndi

    American......................................Mumerika
    Arab.............................................Muwalabu
    Belgian..........................................Mubirigi
    British...........................................Mungereza
    Canadian......................................Mukanada
    Egyptian.......................................Mumisiri
    Finnish..........................................Mufiini
    French..........................................Mufalansa
    German........................................Mudaaki
    Greek...........................................Muyonaani
    Indian............................................Muyindi
    Italian............................................Muyitale
    Japanese.......................................Mujapaani
    Kenyan.........................................Munnakenya
    Sudanese.......................................Musudani
    Swedish........................................Muswidi
    Tanzanian......................................Mutanzaniya
    Foreigner......................................Mugwiira, Munnamawanga

Occupations

What is your occupation?................Okola mulimu ki?
I am a/an.........................................Ndi....
    Accountant..................................Mubazi wa bitabo
    Actor/Actress..............................Munnakatemba
    Architect......................................Muzimbi
    Businessperson............................Musuubuzi
    Carpenter....................................Mubazzi
    Clerk...........................................Kalaani
    Doctor.........................................Musawo
    Driver..........................................Dereeva
    Engineer......................................Yinginiya
    Farmer.........................................Mulimi
    Journalist......................................Munnamawulire
    Lawyer.........................................Looya/Puliida/Munnamateeka
    Mechanic......................................Makanika
    Musician.......................................Muyimbi
    Nurse...........................................Naasi / Mujjanjabi
    Civil Servant.................................Mukozi wa gavumenti
    Scientist........................................Munnasaayansi
    Secretary......................................Sekulitale/Muwandiisi
    Student.........................................Muyizi
    Teacher........................................Musomesa
    Volunteer .................................... Nnakyewa
    Waiter..........................................Musumaami
    Self Employed..............................Neekolera gyange
    Unemployed.................................Sirina mulimu

Family

This is my.........................................Ono ye...
    Mother.............................................Maama wange
    Father..............................................Taata wange
    Wife.................................................Mukyala wange
    Husband...........................................Mwami wange
    Child.................................................Mwana wange
    Nephew/Niece..................................Mwana wange
    Grandchild.........................................Muzzukulu wange
    Son....................................................Mutabani wange
    Daughter............................................Muwala wange
    Older brother/sister............................Mukulu wange
    Younger brother/sister........................Muto wange
    Sibling (same sex)...............................Muganda wange
    Sibling (opposite sex)..........................Mwannyinaze
    Aunt (paternal)....................................Ssenga wange
    Aunt (maternal)...................................Maama wange omuto
    Uncle (paternal)..................................Taata wange omuto
    Uncle (maternal)..................................Kojja wange
    Cousin (paternal).................................Muganda wange / Mwannyinaze
    Cousin (maternal)................................Kizibwe wange (also maama omuto/kojja)
    Grandparent........................................Jjajja wange
    Great uncle/aunt..................................Jjajja wange
    Father-in-law......................................Ssezaala wange
    Mother-in-law.....................................Nnyazaala wange
    Friend.................................................Mukwano gwange

Do you have any brothers or sisters......Olina bagandabo oba bannyoko?
Are you married?................................Oli mufumbo?
I am not married..................................Siri mufumbo
I am married........................................Ndi mufumbo
Do you have any children?...................Olina abaana?
I don't have any children.......................Sirina baana
I don't have any children yet..................Sinnafuna baana
I have...................................................Nina..
    One son................................................Omutabani omu
    One daughter........................................Omuwala omu
    Three sons............................................Abatabani basatu
    Two daughters......................................Abawala babiri

Feelings

I am...........................................
    Angry..................................................Ndi munyiivu
    Cold....................................................Mpulira empewo
    Determined...........................................Ndi mumalirivu
    Full.......................................................Ndi mukkufu
    Happy..................................................Ndi musanyufu
    Hot...................................................... Mpulira ebbugumu
    Hungry.................................................Enjala ennuma
    Sad......................................................Ndi munakuwavu
    Scared.................................................Ntidde
    Sick.....................................................Ndi mulwadde
    Thirsty..................................................Ennyonta ennuma
    Tired....................................................Nkooye
    Worried...............................................Ndi mweraliikirivu

Language Problems

Do you speak English?............................Omanyi olungereza?
Yes, I do................................................Weewawo
No, I do not............................................Nedda
I can only speak a little Luganda...............Oluganda mmanyi lutonotono
Does any one here speak english?............Wano waliwo amanyi olungereza?
Do you understand?.................................Otegeera?
I understand.............................................Ntegeera
I don't understand....................................Sitegeera
How do you say "...." in Luganda?.. ........Mu Luganda ogamba otya nti "...."?
What does this mean?..............................Kino kitegeeza ki?
Please speak slowly!................................Mwattu yogera mpolampola
Write that word down for me...................Ekigambo ekyo kimpandiikire
Please repeat it........................................Mwattu kiddemu
Please translate for me.............................Mwattu nzivuunulira


Interests

What are your hobbies?...................... Biki by'oyagala okukola?
I like....................................................Njagala.....
I do not like.........................................Saagala....
    Discos.................................................Disiko
    Film.....................................................Firimu
    Going shopping....................................Kugenda mu maduuka
    Music..................................................Nnyimba
    Playing games/sports............................Kuzannya mizannyo
    Reading books.....................................Kusoma bitabo
    Swimming............................................Kuwuga
    Jogging/Running....................................Kudduka
    Biking...................................................Kuvuga ggaali
    Photography ....................................... Kukuba bifaananyi
    To play soccer......................................Kuzannya kapiira
    To play tennis....................................... Kuzannya tena
    Travelling/ going out...............................Kutambulako
    Watching TV.........................................Kulaba Tivvi

Some Useful Phrases

Look!....................................................Laba!
Listen!...................................................Wulira!
I am ready.............................................Nneetegese
Slow down!...........................................Genda mpola!
Hurry up!..............................................Yanguwa!
Come here.............................................Jangu wano
Go away!..............................................Genda eri!
Watch out!............................................Wegendereze!
Help me ................................................Nnyamba
It is possible...........................................Kisoboka
It is not possible.....................................Tekisoboka
I forgot...................................................Neerabidde
It is important..........................................Kikulu
It is not important....................................Si kikulu
What is the time?.....................................Saawa mmeka?
Where are you going?..............................Ogenda wa?
What is this called?..................................Kino kiyitibwa kitya?
What is that?...........................................Ekyo kiki?
Can I take a photo (of you)?....................Nsobola okukuba ekifananyi?
Can I take a photo (of that)?....................Ekyo nsobola okukikuba ekifananyi?
Do you live here?.....................................Obeera wano?
It doesn't matter.......................................Ssi kigambo / Tofaayo





So there you go, your first lesson in Luganda! You can imagine how much I butchered those today.



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