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Mooré phrasebook

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Mooré (also Mòoré, Moré, Moshi, Mossi, Moore or More) is a language spoken on the Mossi Plateau of Burkina Faso.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Good morning! 
Ne y yibeogo!
Good day! 
Ne y windiga!
Good evening! 
Ne y zabré!
How is your morning/day/evening? 
Yibeogo/windiga/zabré kibaré?
your family? 
Y zak ramba?
Hows your work going? 
Y tuumda kibaré?
Peace/Health only!, ie, Great! 
Laafi bala!
Hows it going? (informal
Manna wanna?
No problems. (informal
Yelkáyae
Yaa soma bii? (informal
Its good? (ie you/things)
Yaa soma. (informal
Its good.
How are you? 
Laafi beme ? ( )
Fine, thank you. 
Laafi bala. ( )
What is your name? 
 ? ( Fo yuur la a boen?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . ( Mam yuur la a _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
. (Y gafare)
Thank you. 
. (Y barka)
You're welcome. 
. (Pa sek ye/ Ka sek ye)
Yes. 
. (Ngye )
No. 
. (Ayo )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Y gafare . ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Y gafare. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Y gafare ( )
Goodbye 
Wend na kon-d nindaare( )
Goodbye (informal
Nindaare ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Maam ka gomda _______ [soma] ye. ( [ ])
Do you speak French? 
Yamb goamda farende bii? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Anda gomda gilimdi a ka? ( ?)
Help! 
 ! ( song y mam!)
Look out! 
 ! ( !)
Good morning. 
Ne y yibeogo. ( )
Good evening. 
ne y zabre. ( )
Good night. 
Ne y yungo. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Wend na ganege laafi . ( )
I don't understand. 
. (Mam ka wumd ye)
Where is the toilet? 
twalet be ye? ( ?)
What do you want? 
Yamb data boe?
I am trying to learn Moore
Mam zam s'dah Moore.
I speak Moore
Um gomda Moore.

Problems[edit]

Number and system[edit]

System: %30 Swahili and %30 Kinyarwanda-Kirundi, %40 Other

Numbers[edit]

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Monday 
Tene
Tuesday 
Talato
Wednesday 
Arba
Thursday 
Lamusa
Friday 
Arzuma
Saturday 
Sibri
Sunday 
Hatto

Months[edit]

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

... bé yé?: Where is ...? Rood wooko bé yé?: Where is the grand marché Twaleti bé yé?: Where is the bathroom?

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

money
ligdi
I have no money
Ligdi kahbeh; Maam ka tar' ligd' ye
How much (does it cost)?
Ya wana?
1
A yembre (ye)
2
A yiibu (yi)
3
A tãabo (tã)
4
A naasé
5
A nu
6
A yoobe
7
A yopoe
8
A nii
9
A wε
10
Piiga
11
Pig la a ye
12
Pig la a yi
13
Pig la a tã
14
Piig la a nasse
15
Piig la a nu (Pi la a nu)
20
Pisi
25
Pisi la a nu
30
Pistah
35
Pistah la a nu
40
Pis nasse
50
Pis nu
100
Koabga
101
Koabg la a ye
110
Koabg la piiga
111
Koabg la pig la a ye
120
Koabg la pisi
200
Kobisi
250; Kobisi la pis nu
300
Kobis tah
400
Kobis naasé
500
Kobis nu
1000
Tusri
1001
Tusr la a ye
1200
Tusr la kobisi
2001
Tus a yi la a ye
2010
Tus a yi la piiga
999,999
Kobiswε la piswε la a wε
1,000,000
Million a ye

Eating[edit]

Beans 
Benga
Onion 
Gabba
Tomato 
Tomati
Plantain 
Alloco
Peanut 
Tege
Peanut butter 
Tegedege
Peanut butter sauce 
Tegedegena
Water 
Koom (pronounced Kohm)
Flour 
Zoom(pronounced Zohm)
Coffee 
Café
Tea 
I'd like some water 
M data koom.
Is there coffee? 
Café bé bi?
Is the water hot? 
Kooma yueng ame bi?
The water is hot. 
Kooma yueng ame.
The water is being heated. Kooma yuengd ame.
The food is ready. 
Repas beemi.

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

How much? 
Wanawana?
Where is the market? 
Raaga bé yé?
I'm going to the market, do you want anything? 
M loogda raaga, fo data buma bi?
I don't want _____ . 
M ka dat _____ ye.
I don't want anything. 
M ka dat bum ye.
I want _____ . 
M data (or Mam data) _____ .
Little 
Cheetika
Big 
Wooko

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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