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Useful phrases in Tumbuka

A collection of useful phrases in Tumbuka. You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: >m = said to men, >f = said to women, >eld = said to old people, >pl = said to more than one person

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English chiTumbuka (Tumbuka)
Welcome Tempokani
Hello Monile / Monire a mama (>f) Monire a dada (>m)
Monire a gogo (>eld) Monire mose (>pl)
How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
Muli uli?
Nili makola, kwali imwe?
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
Zina linu ndimwe njani?
Zina lane ndine ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Chatowa kuwonana namwe
Good morning Mwagona uli? (How did you sleep?)
Reply: Nauka makola, kwali imwe? (Fine, and you?)
Good afternoon Mwatandala uli? (How has your day been?)
Reply: Natandara makola, kwali imwe? (I had a fine day, how about you?)
Good evening
Good night Usiku uwemi (good night) Mugone makola (sleep well)
Goodbye Paweme / Mwende makola (travel well)
Good luck Viwemi vyose
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice day
Bon appetit
Bon voyage
I don't understand Nkhupulika yayi
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak Tumbuka?
I speak a little Tumbuka
Kasi mukhuyowoya ChiTumbuka?
Nkhuyowoya ChiTumbuka pachoko
I don't speak Tumbuka Ine nkhuyowoya chiTumbuka yayi
How do you say ... Mukuti uli ...?
Excuse me Phepani
How much is this? Nizilinga ichi?
Sorry Phepani / Phepani chomene (very sorry)
Please Chonde / Nabeya
Thank you
Response
Nawonga chomene (I thank you)
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)
Yewo chomene (Thank you very much) / Yewo
Ndimwe wakupokeleka / Palije suzgo
Where's the toilet? Chimbuzi chili nkhuni?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I love you Nkhukutemwa
Get well soon
Leave me alone! Ni lekani!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Novwire!

Leka!
Call the police!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday

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Information about Tumbuka | Phrases in Tumbuka | Tower of Babel in Tumbuka

Links

Other collections of Tumbuka phrases
http://wikitravel.org/en/Tumbuka_phrasebook
http://embangweni.com/chitumbu.htm

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