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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.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

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

Consonants[edit]

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[edit]

aw  
like now
ay ? 
like bye
ɔy oy 
like coy

Phrase list[edit]

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Basics[edit]

Hello. 
Kushɛ / Adu. (koo-sheh / "Ah-do")
How are you? 
Aw Di bodi? / Aw di go de go? / Aw yu du? (Aw Di boh-di ? / "Aw di go day go" / "Aw you do")
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. (move out of the way
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. 
. (gud - muhning)
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
ar de go sleep . ( )
I don't understand. 
ar nor sabi . ( )
Where is the toilet? 
oosye toilet dey ? ( ?)
Leave me alone 
Lɛf mi saful. (lehf mee sah-full)

Problems[edit]

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. 
. ('A go call police' .)
Police! 
 ! (police !)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! (stop ! tif ! 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. 
. ( ah don wund .)
I need a doctor. 
. (fen me docto .)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? ( len me u phone nor?)

Numbers[edit]

(wan )
(too )
(tree )
(foh )
(fife )
(sees )
(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 too )
23 
(twenty tree )
30 
(taty )
40 
(fohty )
50 
(feefti)
60 
(seesti )
70 
(sevinti )
80 
(ayti )
90 
(niynti )
100 
(wan undred )
200 
(too undred )
300 
(tree undred )
1,000 
(wan tousin )
2,000 
(two tousin )
50,000 
( feefti tousin)
1,000,000 
(wan million )
1,000,000,000 
(wan billyon )
1,000,000,000,000 
( )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
(af )
less 
( )
more 
(moh )

Time[edit]

now 
('wan tehm)
later 
(bahmbi)
before 
( bifo )
morning 
(mohnin')
afternoon 
( san tem )
evening 
( even tem )
night 
( net )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
( wan o'klɔk)
two o'clock AM 
(tu o'klɔk)
noon 
( san tɛm)
one o'clock PM 
(wan o'klɔk aftanun )
two o'clock PM 
(tu o'klɔk aftanun )
midnight 
(midul nɛt )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
(minit (dɛm) )
_____ hour(s) 
( awa)
_____ day(s) 
(de )
_____ week(s) 
(wik )
_____ month(s) 
(mɔnt )
_____ year(s) 
( iya)

Days[edit]

today 
(tiday)
yesterday 
(yɛstade )
tomorrow 
(tumara)
this week 
(dis wik )
last week 
(las wik )
next week 
( nɛks wik)
Sunday 
( Sɔnde)
Monday 
( Mɔnde)
Tuesday 
(Tyusde )
Wednesday 
(Wɛnsde )
Thursday 
(Tɔsde )
Friday 
( Frayde)
Saturday 
( Satide)

Months[edit]

January 
(Jɛnyuari )
February 
( Fɛbyuari)
March 
( Mach)
April 
(Epril )
May 
(Me )
June 
( Jun)
July 
( Julay)
August 
(Ɔgɔst )
September 
(Sɛptɛmba )
October 
(Ɔktoba )
November 
( Novɛmba)
December 
( Disɛmba)

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
(blak )
white 
(o-potto (themne))(wet)
gray 
(gre)
red 
(rɛd )
blue 
(blu )
yellow 
( yala )
green 
( grin)
orange 
( ɔrenj)(friut: ɔrinch)
purple 
(mov)
brown 
( brawn)

Transportation[edit]

When? 

()

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
(Aw mos na ticket to_____ )

Ɔmɔs fɔ tikit fɔ go Abadin?

One ticket to _____, please. 
( )

Gi mi wan tikit fɔ go Abadin, ya.

Where does this train/bus go? 
('usai dis tren de go?' 'usai dis bos de go?')

Usay di bɔs/tren de go?

Where is the train/bus to _____? 
( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
( )

Dis bɔs/tren de brek na Abadin Rod?

When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
( )

Ɔmɔs o'klɔk dis tren/bɔs de lɛf ya?

When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
( )

Ɔmɔs o'klɔk wi go rich na Abadin?

Directions[edit]

I want to go to _____ 
A wan fɔ go _____ (ah wahn foh goh _____)

A wan go Lɔmli.

How do I get to _____ ? 
(aw ar go go fo fen na..? woi said ar fo go tu )

Aw a go ebul rich na Lɔmli?

...the train station? 
( )

Di tren steshɔn

...the bus station? 
( )

Di bɔs steshɔn

...the airport? 
( )

Di iyapɔt

...downtown? 
( )

Insay tɔŋ

...the youth hostel? 
( )

Di yut ostɛl

...the _____ hotel? 
( )

Di otɛl

...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )

Di Amerikin/Canedian/Ɔstrelian/British Ɛmbasi/Kɔnsɔlet

Where are there a lot of... 
( )

Usay dɛn gɛt bɔku otɛl na dis eriya?

...hotels? 
( )

Otɛl dɛm?

...restaurants? 
( )

Rɛstɔrant dɛm

...bars? 
( )

Na dɛm

...sites to see? 
( )

Ples dɛm fɔ go luk

Can you show me on the map? 
(may u go sho me na map )

Padi duya yu go sho mi di map?

street 
( )

Trit

Turn left. 
( )

Tɔn na yu lɛf an

Turn right. 
(' )

Tɔn na yu rayt an

left 
( )

Lɛf an

right 
( )

Rayt an

straight ahead 
( )

Go bifo

towards the _____ 
( )

Go lɛk yu de go ...

past the _____ 
( )

Pas di/da

before the _____ 
( )

Bifo di

Watch for the _____. 
( )

Wach fɔ da...

intersection 
( )

Jɔŋshɔn

north 
(nort )

Nɔt

south 
(saut )

Sawt

east 
( )

Ist

west 
( )

Wɛs

uphill 
( )

Ɔp di il

downhill 
( )

Dɔŋ di il

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( taksi)
Take me to _____, please. 
(Kpr mi go Lɔmli ya )
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
(Ɔmɔs a go pe fɔ go Rijɛnt?)
Take me there, please. 
(Kɛr mi go de ya. )

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
Duya unu gɛt ɛmti rum?
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
Ɔmɔs fɔ rum fɔ wan pɔsin ɔ tu pipul.
Does the room come with... 
(Wetin de insay di rum? Unu gɛt A/C? )
...bedsheets? 
(bed shit )
...a bathroom? 
( baf rum)
...a telephone? 
( tɛlifon)
...a TV? 
(TV )
May I see the room first? 
Bo duya, yu go mek a si di rum fɔs?
Do you have anything quieter? 
Da rum de gɛt nɔys, yu gɛt ɔda rum we kwayɛt?
...bigger? 
Yu gɛt rum we big pas dis?
...cleaner? 
Yu gɛt rum we klin pas dis?
...cheaper? 
Yu gɛt rum we chip pas dis?
OK, I'll take it. Ɔrayt, a go tek dis.
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
A go tap ya fɔ tu nɛt.
Can you suggest another hotel? 
Yu go maynd fɔ tɛl mi usay ɔda otɛl de?
Do you have a safe? 
(Unu gɛt sef ɔ say fɔ kip sɔntin? )
...lockers? 
(lɔka )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
(We a pe, a go ebul it brɛkfas? )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
(Ɔmɔs o'klɔk fɔ unu brɛkfas/sɔpa? )
Please clean my room. 
(Duya unu klin mi rum )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( Duya unu wek mi sɛvin ɔ'klɔk)
I want to check out. 
(I wan fɔ muf )

Money[edit]

Money 
kɔpɔ (coh-poh)
Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( Us dɔla yu want: Amɛrika/Ɔstrelian/Kanedian?)
Do you accept British pounds? 
(Unu de tek British pɔŋ? )
Do you accept Euros? 
(Unu de tek Yurop? )
Do you accept credit cards? 
(Unu de tek krɛdit kad? )
Can you change money for me? 
( Duya yu go chenj mɔni fɔ mi?)
Where can I get money changed? 
(" Usay a fɔ go chenj mɔni? )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
(Yu go chenj travula chɛk? )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
(Usay a go chenj travula chɛk? )
What is the exchange rate? 
( Ɔmɔs fɔ dɔla/pɔŋ/yurop?)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( Unu gɛt ATM?)

Eating[edit]

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. 
(Ar nor dae 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 wan ____ )
I want a dish containing _____. 
( )
chicken 
( )
beef 
( )
fish 
( )
ham 
( )
sausage 
(sawsige )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( )
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
( rehs )
beans 
( )
May I have a glass of _____? 
(I wan glass ____ )
May I have a cup of _____? 
( )
May I have a bottle of _____? 
( )
coffee 
( )
tea (drink
( )
juice 
(joose )
(bubbly) water 
(wah-ta )
(still) water 
(wah-ta )
beer 
( )
red/white wine 
( )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
(mah-gee) or (salt)
black pepper 
(peh-peh’')
butter 
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
('a don don' )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
(uns get rom naya? )
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[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
(U get am na me size? )
How much is this? ɔmɔs fɔ am? 
( oh-mohs foh ahm)
That's too expensive. 
(E too de-ah)
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
(dia )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
(Ar nor want am)
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( ok, gi mi am)
Can I have a bag? 
(yu get plastic? )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( tit brush)
...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. 
(batri )
...writing paper. 
(pepa )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

Driving[edit]

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

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
(Ar nor do na-tin bad')
It was a misunderstanding. 
(na bin misunderstanding )
Where are you taking me? 
( usai u dae ker mi go?)
Am I under arrest? 
( u cam arrest mi?)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
(mi na—- )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
(Ar wan tok to di — )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
(Ar wan tok to lawyer )
Can I just pay a fine now? 
(la pay mi fine now? )

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