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Luganda phrasebook

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Luganda, along with English and Swahili, is an official language of Uganda. It is spoken primarily in Kampala and surrounding regions but may be understood in much of the country.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Luganda has five vowels: a, e, i, o, u. pronounced the same as in Spanish:

A - ah (Like the "a" in "father")

E - eh (Like the "a" in "say")

I - ee (Like the "ee" in "see")

O - oh (Like the "o" in "cot")

U - oo (Like the "oo" in "doom")

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics[edit]

Hello. 
(oli otya to one person, muli mutya to more)
Hello. (informal
. (ki kati)
How are you? 
oli otya ? (?)
Fine, thank you. 
bulungi . ( )
What is your name? 
 ? (Erinnya lyo ggwe ani?  ?)
My name is ______ . 
_erinnya lyange nze-

nze:- i am _____ . ( _____ .)

Nice to meet you. 
.nsanyuse okulaba
( )
Please. 
. (Mwattu )
Thank you (very much). 
Webale (nyo).
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
. (iye )
No. 
. (nedda )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (ogambye ki? )
I'm sorry. 
. (nsonyiwa )
Goodbye 
. (welaaba )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. (sogela ... [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? (Omanyi olungereza ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? (waliwo wano ayogera olungereza ?)
Help! 
 ! (nnyamba !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
be careful
(wegendereze)
Good morning. 
. (Wasuze otya )
Good evening. 
. (Osiibye otya nno? )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. (sula bulungi )
I don't understand. 
. (Sitegera )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( kabuyonjo eli wa?)

===Problems===ebizibu

Numbers[edit]

1: emu 2: bbiri 3: ssatu 4: nnya 5: ttaano 6: mukaaga 7: musanvu 8: munaana 9: mwenda 10:kkumi 11. Kkumi nemu 12. Kkumi na bbiri 13. Kkumi na ssatu


20: amakumi abiri (literally two tens, often shortened to 'abiri')

30: amakumi asatu (literally three tens, often shortened to 'asatu')

40: amakumi ana (literally four tens, often shortened to 'ana')

50: amakumi ataano (literally five tens, often shortened to 'ataano')

60: nkaaga

70: nsanvu

80: kinaana

90: kyenda

100: kikumi

===Time===sawa (when saying time and you want to say 12 you go opposite of the clock so 6, 1=7,2=8 etc)

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

====Days====enaku

====Months====emywezi (also means "moon:)

====Writing time and date====okuwandika esawa n'enaku

Colors[edit]

Blue is Bululu Green is Kilagala Yellow is kyenvu Brown is kitaka Red is kimyufu

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Where can I buy a bus ticket?.................Tikiti ya baasi nnyinza kugigula wa? Is there an overnight bus?.......................Waliwo baasi egenda eggulolimu? What time does the bus arrive?...............Baasi etuuka ku ssaawa mmeka? Will the bus stop at a restaurant?.............Baasi eneyimirila awali eby'okulya? I would like to book a seat for Friday......Njagala kwekwata kifo kya ku Lwakutaano Two tickets to "___" ..............................Tikiti bbiri okugenda e "___" Does this bus go to "___" ?.....................Eno baasi egenda e "___" ? Which bus goes to "___" ?......................Baasi ki egenda e "___" ? How long does it take to get there?.........Kitwala bbanga ki okutuukayo? What is the cost to go to "___"?..............Kitwala ssente mmeka okugenda e "___" ? Tell me when we get to"___" ..... ............Mbuulira nga tutuuse e "___" I want to get off here!..............................Njagala kuviiramu wano! What time is the next bus?.......................Baasi eddako ya ku ssaawa mmeka? What time is the last bus?........................Baasi esembayo ya ku ssaawa mmeka?

  • Travelling By Train*

Please give me two tickets..........................Mwattu mpa tikiti bbiri Is this seat free?..........................................Kino ekifo kirimu omuntu? This seat is taken.........................................Kino ekifo kirimu omuntu Would you mind if I open the window?........Ofaayo singa nzigulawo eddirisa? What is this station called?...........................Eno sitenseni bagiyita batya? What station is this?.....................................Eno sitenseni ki? What is the next station................................Sitenseni ki eddako?

Directions[edit]

How can I get to "___"? ..............Ngenda ntya okutuuka e "___"? Is it far?.......................................Kiri wala? Is it near?.....................................Kiri kumpi? Is it near here?..............................Kiri kumpi na wano? Go straight ahead!........................Genda butereevu! Turn left........................................Kyama ku kkono Turn right......................................Kyama ku ddyo At the traffic lights.........................Ku bitaala At the junction..............................Mu masang'aanzira In front of.....................................Mu maaso ga Next to.........................................Okuddirila Behind..........................................Emabega North............................................Bukiikakkono/ Mambuka South............................................Bukiikaddyo/ Maserengeta East..............................................Buvanjuba West............................................Bugwanjuba North-west...................................Bukiikakkono (bwa)-Bugwanjuba North-east....................................Bukiikakkono (bwa)-Buvanjuba South-west...................................Bukiikaddyo (bwa)-Bugwanjuba South-east....................................Bukiikaddyo (bwa)-Buvanjuba

Taxi[edit]

There are two kinds of taxis in Uganda. The open/public taxis take more than one person using a designated route to a specific destination; and taxis for special hire by an individual or group of people. Taxi do not use meters but a predetermined fixed rate which is negotiable for special hire taxis.

Please take me to "___" ............................Mwattu ntwaala e "___" How much does it cost to go to "___" ?......Otwala mmeka okugenda e "___" ? Does that include the luggage?....................N'emigugu ogibaliddemu?

Lodging[edit]

Money===Sente===

Eating[edit]

biringania . aubergine

===Bars===Amabara

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Drive = vuga Stop = lekela

Authority[edit]

Learning more[edit]

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