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:

Introductions:

Agandi?                                        How are you?

Nee-jay                                       I am fine

Ka-lay                                          Goodbye/OK

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)

Classroom

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?

Webele                                          Good

Waka-radgey                                Well done

Miscellaneous

Boda Boda                                      Motorbike Taxi

En-yama                                         Meat

Talio-shonga                                   No worries

Nyin-yenda                                     I want…

Wanjee?                                         What?

Forms of Address

Se-bo/basebo                                 Man/men

Nya-bo/banyabo                            Woman/women

Bana/mwana                                   Children/child

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

Coaching commands

Reka                                                Stop

Reka omupiira                                 Stop playing with the ball

Reeba                                              Watch

Hurira                                              Listen

Yiiruka                                             Run

Juba                                                 Quickly

Wakongora                                      Lazy

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