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===Basics===
 
===Basics===
 
; Hello. :  ''Salamalekum ''
 
; Hello. :  ''Salamalekum ''
; Hello. (''informal'') :  . ('' '')
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; Hello. (''informal'') :  . ('' Ca va'')
 
; How are you? :  Na'nga def? ('' ?'')
 
; How are you? :  Na'nga def? ('' ?'')
 
; Fine, thank you. :  Mangi fi rek. ('' '')
 
; Fine, thank you. :  Mangi fi rek. ('' '')
 
; What is your name? : No to do? ? ('' ?'')
 
; What is your name? : No to do? ? ('' ?'')
; My name is_ _Mangi to do_____ . :  ______ . (''  _____ .'')
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; My name is_ _Mangi tudd_____ . :  ______ . (''  _____ .'')
 
; Nice to meet you. :  . ('' '')
 
; Nice to meet you. :  . ('' '')
; Please. :  . ('' '')
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; Please. :  . (''Si vous ple '')
 
; Thank you. :  Jere jef. ('' '')
 
; Thank you. :  Jere jef. ('' '')
 
; You're welcome. :  . ('' '')
 
; You're welcome. :  . ('' '')
; Yes. :  . ('' '')
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; Yes. :  . (''wow '')
; No. :  . ('' '')
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; No. :  . (''de det '')
; Excuse me. (''getting attention'') :  . ('' '')
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; Excuse me. (''getting attention'') :  . (''pardon '')
; Excuse me. (''begging pardon'') :  . ('' '')
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; Excuse me. (''begging pardon'') :  . (''balma '')
 
; I'm sorry. :  . ('' '')
 
; I'm sorry. :  . ('' '')
 
; Goodbye :  Be benen yoon. ('' '')
 
; Goodbye :  Be benen yoon. ('' '')
; Goodbye (''informal'') :  . ('' '')
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; I'm going (''informal'') :  . (''mangi dem'')
 
; I can't speak ''name of language'' [well]. :  [ ]. ('' [ ]'')
 
; I can't speak ''name of language'' [well]. :  [ ]. ('' [ ]'')
; Do you speak English? :  ? ('' ?'')
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; Do you speak English? :  ? ('' Degun anglay?'')
; Is there someone here who speaks English? : ? ('' ?'')
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; I speak some english : ? (''Degun tutti anglay'')
; Help! :  ! ('' !'')
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; Help! :  ! ('' dembalema'')
; Look out! :  ! ('' !'')
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; Look out! :  ! ('' me hole'')
; Good morning. :  . ('' '')
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; Good morning. :  . ('' bonjour '')
; Good evening. :  . ('' '')
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; Good evening. :  . ('' bonjour '')
; Good night. :  . ('' '')
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; Good night. :  . (''bon soir '')
; Good night (''to sleep'') :  . ('' '')
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; Good night (''to sleep'') :  . (''bon nuit '')
; I don't understand. :  . ('' '')
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; I don't understand. :  . (''je ne comprend pas '')
; Where is the toilet? :  ? ('' ?'')
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; Where is... ? :  ? ('' ana ...?'')
  
 
===Problems===
 
===Problems===

Revision as of 23:33, 21 June 2007

Wolof is the main language of Senegal, and is also spoken in Gambia and Mauritania.

Contents

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
Salamalekum
Hello. (informal
. ( Ca va)
How are you? 
Na'nga def? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Mangi fi rek. ( )
What is your name? 
No to do? ? ( ?)
My name is_ _Mangi tudd_____ . 
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
. (Si vous ple )
Thank you. 
Jere jef. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
. (wow )
No. 
. (de det )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (pardon )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (balma )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
Be benen yoon. ( )
I'm going (informal
. (mangi dem)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( Degun anglay?)
I speak some english 
 ? (Degun tutti anglay)
Help! 
 ! ( dembalema)
Look out! 
 ! ( me hole)
Good morning. 
. ( bonjour )
Good evening. 
. ( bonjour )
Good night. 
. (bon soir )
Good night (to sleep
. (bon nuit )
I don't understand. 
. (je ne comprend pas )
Where is... ? 
 ? ( ana ...?)

Problems

Small talk

How is your work? 
Naka liggeye bi? ( )
Ana waa ker ga? 
How is your family? ( )
White person 
Toubab ( )

Numbers

  • 0=dara/nayn (DA-ra/nayn)
  • 1=benn (ben)
  • 2=naar (naar)
  • 3=nett (net)
  • 4=nent (nent)
  • 5=juroom (JOO-room)
  • 6=juroom benn (JOO-room ben)
  • 7=juroom naar (JOO-room naar)
  • 8=juroom nett (JOO-room net)
  • 9=juroom nent (JOO-room nent)
  • 10=fukk (fook)

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

How much is it? 
Naata la? ( )

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

Learning more

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