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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 "cone")

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

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

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Basics[edit]

Hello. 
(oli otya to one person, muli mutya to more)
Hello. (informal
. ( )
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! 
 ! (yamba !)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
be careful
(wegendereze)
Good morning. 
. (Wasuze otya )
Good evening. 
. (Osiibye otya nno? )
Good night. 
. (sula bulungi )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
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


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

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

====Days====enaku

====Months====emywezi

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

Colors[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money===Sente===

Eating[edit]

biringania . aubergine

===Bars===Amabara

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

Learning more[edit]

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