Luganda phrasebook

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 guideEdit

VowelsEdit

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")

ConsonantsEdit

Common diphthongsEdit

Phrase listEdit

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.


BasicsEdit

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

NumbersEdit

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 timeEdit

DurationEdit

====Days====enaku

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

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

ColorsEdit

Blue is Bululu Green is Kilagala

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

DirectionsEdit

TaxiEdit

LodgingEdit

Money===Sente===

EatingEdit

biringania . aubergine

===Bars===Amabara

ShoppingEdit

DrivingEdit

AuthorityEdit

Learning moreEdit

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Last modified on 6 December 2014, at 20:30