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; 20 :  (''twenty '')
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; 21 :  (''twenty wan '')
; 22 :  ('' '')
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; 1,000,000,000 :  ('' '')
 
; 1,000,000,000 :  ('' '')
 
; 1,000,000,000,000 :  ('' '')
 
; 1,000,000,000,000 :  ('' '')
 
; number _____ (train, bus, etc.) : ('' '')
 
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Revision as of 06:52, 24 January 2013

Leone Krio is the lingua franca and the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Krio is spoken by roughly 6,250,000 people—nearly all Sierra Leone's population. While English is Sierra Leone's sole official language, Krio is far, far more widespread. Krio is the native language for some 300,000 Krios—the descendants of slaves from the West Indies, United States and Britain, who overwhelmingly live in Freetown. There are also small Krio speaking communities in The Gambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea, but the language is of practical value for travel only in Sierra Leone.

Krio is an English-based creole, but is closer to being a fully-fledged language, as it has fixed grammatical structures and rules. Most of its vocabulary comes from English, but its sound system and grammar are closer to that of nearby African languages, in particular Yoruba. Krio is very similar to and mutually intelligible with Nigerian Pidgin and Jamaican Patois.


Contents

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

ɛ eh 
like bed
e ay 
like day
ɔ oh 
like English cot
o oh 
like bone
u oo 
like fool
i ee 
like machine

Consonants

like boy
ch 
like chair
like day
like fun
like girl
gb 
like, well, gb
 ?
like jump
like kick
like lump
like mango
like nunchuk
ny 
like piñata
ŋ ng 
like sing
like pellet
like ring
like sun
like telephone
like voltage
like water
like young
like zero
zh 
like pleasure

Common diphthongs

aw  
like now
ay ? 
like bye
ɔy oy 
like coy

Phrase list

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

Hello. 
Kushɛ / Adu. (koo-sheh / "Ah-do")
How are you? 
Aw Di bodi? / Aw di go de go? (Aw Di boh-di ? / "Aw di go day go")
Fine, thank you. 
Di Bɔdi fayn / nɔ bad. (Di Bɔdi fayn / nor bad)
What is your name? 
Wetin yu nem? / Wetin yu nem?(weh-teen you nehm? / weh-teen no you nehm?)
My name is ______ . 
Mi nem ______ / Mi nem na ______ . (mee nehm _____. / Mi nehm na ______)
Nice to meet you. 
Ah gladi fɔ mit yu. (ah glah-dee foh meet yoo.)
Please. 
(Bo) Duya. ((bo) doo-yah)
Thank you. 
tɛnki. (tehn-kee)
You're welcome. 
O. (Oh)
Yes. 
Yes. (Yehs)
No. 
Nor . (nor )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Bo duya. (Bo do-ya)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Kɔmɔt na rod. (koh-moht nah rohd)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
a bayg padin. (koh-moht nah rohd)
I'm sorry. 
A bayg (o) (padin). (ah bayg (o) (pahr-din))
Goodbye 
A de go. (ah day goh)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Ah nɔ sabi tɔk ..... [fayn fayn ]. (Ah nor sah-bi tohk.....[fine fine ])
Do you speak English? 
U sabi tɔk inglish? (you sah-bi tohk ingi-lish ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Pɔsin de ya we sabi tɔk inglish? ( ?)
Help! 
ɛp mi! (ehp mee!)
Look out! 
Kɔmɔt! (koh-moht !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
ar de go sleep . ( )
I don't understand. 
ar nor sabi . ( )
Where is the toilet? 
oosye de latri ? ( ?)
Leave me alone 
Lɛf mi saful. (lehf mee sah-full)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
Yu nɔ go lef mi?/ nah fo lef mi oh.
Don't touch me! 
(boh) leggo mi!
I'll call the police. 
. ('i go call police' .)
Police! 
 ! (police !)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! (stop ! tifman !)
I need your help. 
. (ep me .)
It's an emergency. 
. (na emagency .)
I'm lost. 
Ah don loss oh.
I lost my bag. 
. ( ah loss me bag.)
I lost my wallet. 
. ( ah done loss me wallet.)
I'm sick. 
ah nɔ well
I've been injured. 
. ( i geh injoree.)
I need a doctor. 
. (fen me docto .)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? ( gimme u phone nor?)

Numbers

(wan )
(two )
(treee )
(foh )
(five )
(six )
(sevin )
(ayt )
('nine' )
10 
(ten )
11 
(ilevin )
12 
(twelve )
13 
(torteen )
14 
(fohteen )
15 
(feefteen )
16 
(sixteen )
17 
(sevinteen )
18 
(ayteen )
19 
(nineteen )
20 
(twenty )
21 
(twenty wan )
22 
(twenty two )
23 
(twenty treee )
30 
( )
40 
( )
50 
( )
60 
( )
70 
( )
80 
( )
90 
( )
100 
( )
200 
( )
300 
( )
1,000 
(wan tousin )
2,000 
(two tousin )
1,000,000 
(wan million )
1,000,000,000 
( )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
(af )
less 
( )
more 
( )

Time

now 
( )
later 
( )
before 
( )
morning 
( )
afternoon 
( )
evening 
( )
night 
( )

Clock time

one o'clock AM 
( )
two o'clock AM 
( )
noon 
( )
one o'clock PM 
( )
two o'clock PM 
( )
midnight 
( )

Duration

_____ minute(s) 
( )
_____ hour(s) 
( )
_____ day(s) 
( )
_____ week(s) 
( )
_____ month(s) 
( )
_____ year(s) 
( )

Days

today 
( )
yesterday 
( )
tomorrow 
( )
this week 
( )
last week 
( )
next week 
( )
Sunday 
( )
Monday 
( )
Tuesday 
( )
Wednesday 
( )
Thursday 
( )
Friday 
( )
Saturday 
( )

Months

January 
( )
February 
( )
March 
( )
April 
( )
May 
( )
June 
( )
July 
( )
August 
( )
September 
( )
October 
( )
November 
( )
December 
( )

Writing time and date

Colors

black 
( )
white 
( )
gray 
( )
red 
( )
blue 
( )
yellow 
( )
green 
( )
orange 
( )
purple 
( )
brown 
( )

Transportation

When? 

()

Bus and train

How much is a ticket to _____? 
( )
One ticket to _____, please. 
( )
Where does this train/bus go? 
( )
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
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When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
( )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
( )

Directions

I want to go to _____ 
A wan fɔ go _____ (ah wahn foh goh _____)
How do I get to _____ ? 
( )
...the train station? 
( )
...the bus station? 
( )
...the airport? 
( )
...downtown? 
( )
...the youth hostel? 
( )
...the _____ hotel? 
( )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )
Where are there a lot of... 
( )
...hotels? 
( )
...restaurants? 
( )
...bars? 
( )
...sites to see? 
( )
Can you show me on the map? 
( )
street 
( )
Turn left. 
( )
Turn right. 
( )
left 
( )
right 
( )
straight ahead 
( )
towards the _____ 
( )
past the _____ 
( )
before the _____ 
( )
Watch for the _____. 
( )
intersection 
( )
north 
( )
south 
( )
east 
( )
west 
( )
uphill 
( )
downhill 
( )

Taxi

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
( )
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
( )
Take me there, please. 
( )

Lodging

Do you have any rooms available? 
( )
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
( )
Does the room come with... 
( )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
( )
...a telephone? 
( )
...a TV? 
( )
May I see the room first? 
( )
Do you have anything quieter? 
( )
...bigger? 
( )
...cleaner? 
( )
...cheaper? 
( )
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
( )
Can you suggest another hotel? 
( )
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
( )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
( )
Please clean my room. 
( )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( )
I want to check out. 
( )

Money

Money 
kɔpɔ (coh-poh)
Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
( )
Can you change money for me? 
( )
Where can I get money changed? 
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
( )
What is the exchange rate? 
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( )

Eating

A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
( )
Can I look in the kitchen? 
( )
Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
( )
I don't eat beef. 
( )
I only eat kosher food. 
( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
( )
fixed-price meal 
( )
a la carte 
( )
breakfast 
( )
lunch 
( )
tea (meal
( )
supper 
( )
I want _____. 
( )
I want a dish containing _____. 
( )
chicken 
( )
beef 
( )
fish 
( )
ham 
( )
sausage 
( )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( )
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
( )
beans 
( )
May I have a glass of _____? 
( )
May I have a cup of _____? 
( )
May I have a bottle of _____? 
( )
coffee 
( )
tea (drink
( )
juice 
( )
(bubbly) water 
( )
(still) water 
( )
beer 
( )
red/white wine 
( )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
( )
black pepper 
( )
butter 
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
( )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars

Do you serve alcohol? 
( )
Is there table service? 
( )
A beer/two beers, please. 
( )
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
( )
A pint, please. 
( )
A bottle, please. 
( )
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
( )
whiskey 
( )
vodka 
( )
rum 
( )
water 
( )
club soda 
( )
tonic water 
( )
orange juice 
( )
Coke (soda
( )
Do you have any bar snacks? 
( )
One more, please. 
( )
Another round, please. 
( )
When is closing time? 
( )
Cheers! 
( )

Shopping

Do you have this in my size? 
( )
How much is this? ɔmɔs fɔ am? 
( oh-mohs foh ahm)
That's too expensive. 
( )
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
( )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
( )
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
Can I have a bag? 
( )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( )
...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
( )
...shampoo. 
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
( )
...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
( )
...an umbrella. 
( )
...sunblock lotion. 
( )
...a postcard. 
( )
...postage stamps. 
( )
...batteries. 
( )
...writing paper. 
( )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

Driving

I want to rent a car. 
( )
Can I get insurance? 
( )
stop (on a street sign
( )
one way 
( )
yield 
( )
no parking 
( )
speed limit 
( )
gas (petrol) station 
( )
petrol 
( )
diesel 
( )

Authority

I haven't done anything wrong. 
( )
It was a misunderstanding. 
( )
Where are you taking me? 
( )
Am I under arrest? 
( )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
( )
Can I just pay a fine now? 
( )

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