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Wolof phrasebook

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

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. 
. (waaw )
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 ...?)
Where are you from? 
( Foor duck? )

Problems

Small talk

How is your work? 
Naka liggeye bi? ( )
How is your family? 
Naka wa kerr ga? ( )
My house (family) is fine (here). 
Nyunga fi rek.
How did you sleep? 
Nango fananay?
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? ( )
What does it cost? 
Nyata? ( )

Eating

Breakfast 
( Ndecki )
Lunch 
( Anygh )
Dinner 
( Rer )

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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