Learning the Lingo – Rukiga
As with any country in the world where people speak a different language, just learning a few words or phrases goes a long way. Here are some basic but useful phrases in Rukiga, spoken in south-western Uganda:
Agandi? How are you?
Nee-jay I am fine
Oli-lota/ Moli-la-mota Good morning (to one/many)
Osi-b-rota/ Muzi-b-la-mota How is the day? (to one/many)
Ora-ledge-ey/ Mora-ledge-ey Good night (to one/many)
Tin-koo-chenga I do not understand
Nyin-chenga I understand
Wa-chenga? Do you understand?
Tee-quey? Is that right?
Gamba-munonga Speak louder
Hoo-nama Be quiet
Ne-be-queta-oha? What is your name?
Ne ban yeta (NAME) oha? My name is (NAME), who?
Shtamma Sit down
Ya-ma-rela Stand up
Ya-ma-way! Cor Blimey! / OMG!
Nor-chi-man-nee-sa? Are you sure?
Waka-radgey Well done
Boda Boda Motorbike Taxi
Talio-shonga No worries
Nyin-yenda I want…
Forms of Address
Mzee/bamzee Wise old man/plural
Moo-keekoo-roo/bakeekoo Wise old woman
Masheesha-way Young man
Mzungu/ Bazungu White person/ White people
Moochiga/ Bachiga Local person/ Local people
Thank you/ Compliments
Webelay-munonga Thank you very much
Webelay-coo-seema Thanks for saying thanks!
Webelay-ku-taker Thanks for cooking
Webelay-ku-vuga Thanks for driving
Reka omupiira Stop playing with the ball