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Lusoga Survival Phrases

Lusoga Survival Phrases - GREETINGS;

Note: Greetings are very important in most if not all Ugandan languages. They are often used to start-up conversations. See below for some short conversations;

... But before we set off, you will notice that I have kept the translations as close as possible to the literal meaning to give you an insight of the actual sensitivity and feeling attached to the phrase.

Morning greetings; (Formal)

A: Wasuze otya eyo sebo/nyabo? - How did you spend the night Sir/Madam?

B: Bulungi sebo/nyabo, wasuze otya eyo? - Well sir/madam, how did you spend the night?

A: Bulungi. - Well

Key words: Sebo - Sir , Nyabo - Madam

Afternoon and Evenning greetings; (Formal)

A: Osiibye otya eyo sebo/nyabo? - How have you spent the day sir/madam?

B: Bulungi, osiibye otya eyo sebo/nyabo? - Well, how have you spent the day?

A: Bulungi - Well

Greetings Cont'd; (Informal)

Beth: Kodh'eyo muna? - Perhaps there mate?

Robert: Baliyo, kodh'eyo? - They are there (implying all is/are well/fine), perhaps there?

Beth: Baliyo balungi - They are there well. (implying all are/is well).

Here is more informal greetings you could use;

A: Oli otya eyo? - How are you?

B: Bulungi - Well

A: Okoba ki muna? - What do you have to say mate?

B: Wazira - Nothing (much)

Lusoga Survival Phrases - HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Note; As a common practice with majority of Ugandan languages, it's always good to start with a greeting especially if you are meeting someone for the first time. It's a sign of respect and politeness.

Robert: Niinze Robert, ate iwe, niiwe ani? - I am Robert, what about you, who are you?

Beth: Niinze Beth. - I am Beth.

Robert: Nva Uganda, ate iwe, ova wa? - I come from Uganda, what about you, where do you come from?

Beth: Inva Canada - I am from Canada.

Robert: Oba wa mu Canada? - - Where do you live in Canada?

Beth: Imba Alberta mu Canada. - - I live in Alberta in Canada.

Robert: Ndi Musomesa, iwe okola mulimu ki? - - I am a teacher, what job do you do?

Beth: Ndi Musawo. - - I am a doctor (could imply nurse, midwife, medical worker etc...)

Lusoga Survival Phrases - SAYING GOODBYE;

Weraba - Goodbye.

Sula bulungi - - Spend the night well. (used as 'have a goodnight')

Baa bulungi - Stay well

Siiba bulungi - - Spend the day well. (used as 'have a good day')

Tunabonagana idho - - We will see each other tomorrow. (used as 'see you later')

Lusoga Survival Phrases - More handy phrases;

Webale ino - Thank you very much. (also see; webale sebo/nyabo - thank you sir/madam)

Nsangayire okuboona - I am happy/glad to see you. (Often used as the welcome phrase)

Webale kufumba or Ofumbye ino - thanks for cooking or You cooked well. (as an appreciation after a meal)

Tyenda Kaawa - I don't want coffee.

Ate iwe? - How about you?

Iramu - Repeat

I'mpola / i'mpola mpola - slowly / quite slowly..

Ja mpola - go slowly.

Iramu i'mpola - repeat slowly.

Nziira sente.- I have no money.

Yii / Mbe - Yes / No

Tiidi - I don't know

Titegeire - I have not understood.

Otegeeza ki? - what do you mean?

Lusoga Survival Phrases - SAYING SORRY AND SYMPATHY;

Lusoga does not have a particular word for 'sorry'; but depending on the situation, there are different ways to apologize and show sympathy or even empathy.

Ngo'boine - I am sorry for what has happened to you.

Nga kitalo. - What a tragedy / What a horrible thing. (only used during bereavement to express your condolence)

Nsoniwa - Forgive me

Tofaayo - don't mind

Lusoga Survival Phrases - ASKING FOR DIRECTION;

- Where is Barclays Bank? . - It's on Kampala road - Barclays bank is near/next to Nandos. - Where is the toilet? - Where is John? Tiidi - I don't know

Barclays Banka eba wa?- Where is Barclays Bank?

Eba ku Kampala Road. - It's on Kampala road

Barclays banka eba kumpi ne Nandos - Barclays bank is near/next to Nandos.

Tooyi eba wa? - Where is the toilet?

John ali wa? - Where is John?

Tiidi - I don't know

Lindakuu - Please wait

Ikono / Ddyo - Left / Right

Lusoga Survival Phrases - IN THE RESTAURANT;

- what food do you have? - Give me the menu sir/madam - I want matooke (plantain) and beef. - Do you have beer? - I want beer . - I want water - Give me soda . - Give me a glass of water - How much money? . - Give me my bill. . - Thank you and goodbye.

Olina mmere ki? - what food do you have?

Mpaaku 'menu' sebo/nyabo - Give me the menu sir/madam

Nendha matooke na mamba- I want matooke (plantain) and beef.

Olina biya? - Do you have beer?

Nendha biya - I want beer

Nendha maadhi. - I want water

Mpaaku sooda - Give me soda

Mpaaku egilaasi ya maadhi. - Give me a glass of water

Sente imeka? - How much money?

Mpaaku biilu yange. - Give me my bill.

Webale era weraba. - Thank you and goodbye.

That's it! - go out confidently with an open mind and explore - You could quite easily continue learning Lusoga to build on these phrases - if you wish too. It's that simple! Best way is to talk to the locals.

Webale inno! (thank you very much!)


This translated script/page was made available by;

Florence Basanyukira (AKA: Divine Destiny)
A native speaker

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