A collection of useful phrases in Nkore, a Bantu spoken mainly in south west Uganda.
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Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Oraire ota? (How was your night?)
Agandi (Other news)
Ni marungi (Good news - reply)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Oraire ota? (How was your night?)|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ndeire gye
|Long time no see||Buhoro?
|What's your name?||Eiziina ryawe oryoha?|
|My name is ...||Ndi ...
Iziina ryangye ni ...
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...||Ninguda ...|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Oraire ota? (How was your night?)|
Nsibire gye (reply) Musiibiremuta (pl)
Ego / Eh (reply)
|Osiibire ota? (How was your day?)|
|Good night||Oraare gye|
|Osiibegye (Keep well)
Kare (Same to you - reply)
Turebane bwanyima (See you later)
Turebane nyenkyakare (See you tomorrow)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||Tinkumanya|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly||Gamba mpora mpora|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Nkore?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Nkore|
|How do you say ... in Nkore?|
|How much is this?||Noguza ota?
|Reply to thank you||Webare kusiima (Thank you for appreciating)|
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Ninkukunda
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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