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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 guide Vowels 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 "cot")

U - oo (Like the "oo" in "doom")

Consonants Common diphthongs

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Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

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 "cot")

U - oo (Like the "oo" in "doom")

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

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Basics[edit]

Hello. 
(oli otya to one person, muli mutya to more)
Hello. (informal
. (ki kati)
How are you? 
oli otya or together olyotya? (?)
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 okukulaba
( )
Please. 
. (Mwattu )
Thank you (very much). 
Webale (nnyo).
You're welcome. 
. (Tukwanirizza)
Yes. 
. (iye )
No. 
. (nedda )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (Ssebo! / Nnyabo)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (ogambye ki? )
I'm sorry. 
. (nsonyiwa )
Goodbye 
. (welaaba )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ soogera bulungi "luganda"])
Do you speak English? 
 ? (Omanyi oluzungu ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? (waliwo wano ayogera oluzungu ?)
Help! 
 ! (nnyamba !)
Look out! 
 ! (Laba!)
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

Numbers[edit]

emu
bbiri
ssatu
nnya
ttaano
mukaaga
musanvu
munaana
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[edit]

  • When saying time and you want to say 12 you go opposite of the clock so 6, 1 = 7, 2 = 8 etc)
sawa

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

ennaku

Months[edit]

emyezi
month- omwezi (also means “moon”)

Writing time and date[edit]

okuwandika esawa n'enaku

Colors[edit]

black 
nzirugavu
white 
njeru
gray 
kivuvvu
red 
kimyufu
blue 
bululu
yellow 
kyenvu
green 
kiragala
orange 
kacungwa
purple 
kakobe
brown 
kitaka
dark 
nkwafu
light 
ntangaavu

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Where can I buy a bus ticket? 
Tikiti ya baasi nnyinza kugigula wa?
Is there an overnight bus? 
Waliwo baasi egenda eggulolimu?
What time does the bus arrive? 
Baasi etuuka ku ssaawa mmeka?
Will the bus stop at a restaurant? 
Baasi eneyimirila awali eby'okulya?
I would like to book a seat for Friday. 
Njagala kwekwata kifo kya ku Lwakutaano
Two tickets to _____ . 
Tikiti bbiri okugenda e _____ .
Does this bus go to _____ ? 
Eno baasi egenda e _____ ?
Which bus goes to _____ ? 
Baasi ki egenda e _____ ?
How long does it take to get there? 
Kitwala bbanga ki okutuukayo?
What is the cost to go to _____ ? 
Kitwala ssente mmeka okugenda e _____ ?
Tell me when we get to _____ . 
Mbuulira nga tutuuse e _____ .
I want to get off here! 
Njagala kuviiramu wano!
What time is the next bus? 
Baasi eddako ya ku ssaawa mmeka?
What time is the last bus? 
Baasi esembayo ya ku ssaawa mmeka?

Travelling By Train[edit]

Please give me two tickets. 
Mwattu mpa tikiti bbiri.
Is this seat free? 
Kino ekifo kirimu omuntu?
This seat is taken. 
Kino ekifo kirimu omuntu
Would you mind if I open the window? 
Ofaayo singa nzigulawo eddirisa?
What is this station called? 
Eno sitenseni bagiyita batya?
What station is this? 
Eno sitenseni ki?
What is the next station? 
Sitenseni ki eddako?

Directions[edit]

How can I get to _____? 
Ngenda ntya okutuuka e _____ ?
Is it far? 
Kiri wala?
Is it near? 
Kiri kumpi?
Is it near here? 
Kiri kumpi na wano?
Go straight ahead! 
Genda butereevu!
Turn left 
Kyama ku kkono
Turn right 
Kyama ku ddyo
At the traffic lights 
Ku bitaala
At the junction 
Mu masang'aanzira
In front of 
Mu maaso ga
Next to 
Okuddirila
Behind 
Emabega
North 
Bukiikakkono / Mambuka
South 
Bukiikaddyo / Maserengeta
East 
Buvanjuba
West 
Bugwanjuba
North-west 
Bukiikakkono (bwa)-Bugwanjuba
North-east 
Bukiikakkono (bwa)-Buvanjuba
South-west 
Bukiikaddyo (bwa)-Bugwanjuba
South-east 
Bukiikaddyo (bwa)-Buvanjuba

Taxi[edit]

There are two kinds of taxis in Uganda. The open/public taxis take more than one person using a designated route to a specific destination; and taxis for special hire by an individual or group of people. Taxi do not use meters but a predetermined fixed rate which is negotiable for special hire taxis.

Please take me to _____ . 
Mwattu ntwaala e _____ .
How much does it cost to go to _____ ? 
Otwala mmeka okugenda e _____ ?
Does that include the luggage? 
N'emigugu ogibaliddemu?

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Ssente

How much does this cost? Kino okitunda mmeka?

Eating[edit]

Meat

Beef 
Nnyama ya nte
Chicken 
Nn yama ya nkoko
Mutton 
Nnyama ya ndiga
Pork 
Nnyama ya mbizzi
Goat meat 
Nnyama ya mbuzi

Seafood

Fish 
Kyennyanja
Catfish 
Ssemutundu
Eel 
Nsonzi
Mudfish 
Mmale
Nile perch 
Mpuuta
Snout fish 
Kasulu
Sprat 
Nkejje
Tilapia 
Ngege

Fruits and Nuts

Avocado 
Wova
Wovakedo
Kedo
Banana (ripe and yellow) 
Menvu
Gooseberry 
Ntuntunu
Jackfruit 
Ffene
Guava 
Ppeera
Lemon 
Nniimu
Mango 
Muyembe
Melon 
Wujju
Olive (type of) 
Mpafu
Orange 
Mucungwa
Pawpaw 
Paapaali
Peanuts 
Binyebwa
Pineapple 
Nnaanansi
Passion Fruit 
Katunda
Raspberry 
Nkenene
Sugar cane 
Kikajjo

Vegetables

Aubergine 
Biringania
Beans 
Bijanjaalo
Cabbage 
Mboga
Carrot 
Kalati
Corn 
Kasooli
Eggplant 
Bbiringanya
Mushroom 
Katiko
Onion 
Katungulu
Potato 
Lumonde
Powdered Vegetable 
Ggobe
Pumpkin 
Nsujju
Spinach 
Doodo
Tomato 
Nnyaanya
Miscalleneous others 
Jjobyo / Nnakati / Nsugga / Ttimpa

Staples

Plantain 
Gonja
Plantain (unripe and green) 
Matooke
Sweet Potato 
Lumonde
Cassava 
Muwogo
Rice 
Muceere
Corn flour 
Kawunga
Millet flour 
Kalo
Yam (different types) 
Ndaggu/Balugu/Jjuuni
Porridge (corn) 
Buugi
Porridge (millet) 
Busera

Spices and Condiments

Chilli 
Kaamulali
Cinnamon 
Budalasini
Cloves.......
Curry powder 
Bunzaali
Garlic 
Katungulu Ccumu
Ginger
Ntangawuzi
Cooking Oil 
Butto
Pepper 
Kaamulali
Salt 
Munnyo
Sugar 
Sukaali
Tumeric........
Vinegar........

Drinks

Beer 
Bbiya
Juice 
Mubisi
Milk 
Mata
Pop 
Sooda
Coffee 
Kaawa
Tea 
Caayi

-with milk.............. -owa mata -without milk......... -okutali mata -with sugar........... -omuli sukaali -without sugar....... -omutali sukaali

Bars[edit]

amabara

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Drive 
vuga
Stop 
lekela

Authority[edit]

Learning more[edit]

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