A collection of useful phrases in Bamum (Shü Pamom), an a Southern Bantoid language spoken in Cameroon.
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|Phrase||Shü Pamom (Bamum)|
|Welcome||Poket pe zee kut ("Watch your steps!")|
|Hello (General greeting)||Me sha’ashe ("I greet (you)")|
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Pa sa’a ne?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Pokeri
|Long time no see||A saa fe’e (It has been a while)|
|What's your name?||Li shu po kue?|
|My name is ...||Li sha pa ...|
|Where are you from?||U lo’o ya?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ayue|
|Pe yuem me? ("Did you wake up (well)?")|
|Good night||Poket shu’u|
|Pwo shi’a famju (See you tomorrow)|
|Good luck!||Lupap lupap|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|A lum me shuru!|
|Have a nice day||Poket lenju|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|A lum me shuru!|
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||Maa njia|
|Do you understand?||U yu’uh ne?|
|I understand||Me yu’uh|
|I don't understand||Maa njuh-a|
|Please speak more slowly||Pe shiket mejet mejet|
|Please say that again||Peshe|
|Please write it down||Tuete mfa ne ma (Write and hand it to me)|
|Do you speak English?||U yi shu ngerisi?|
|Do you speak Bamum?||U yi shu shüpamom?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Bamum?
|U shiket mo’o shiket nja'ah shu shüpamom?|
|Speak to me in Bamum||Shiket ne ma me shu shüpamom?|
|How do you say ... in Bamum?||Pe nzie me kwo me shu shüpamom?|
|Excuse me||U ya?|
|How much is this?||A mbe sue?|
|Please||Me kwat mbuo|
|Thank you||Nyinyi fa kee
|Reply to thank you||Ayue|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Yemme po ya?
Lih suu nwat po ya?
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Momba yi na two pe nguyum menten|
|This lady will pay for everything||Mombgie yi na two pe nguyum meten|
|Would you like to dance with me?||A fe u pinpin po ma|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you||Ta liine|
|I love you||Me naa ngu nyu|
|Get well soon||Nyinyi luere ya (May god give you a speedy recovery)|
|Go away!||Lo’o nya you!|
|Leave me alone!||Ta’a manje-a nyeret!|
|Call the police!||Fu gha ken!|
|Christmas greetings||Poket kerisimet|
|New Year greetings||Poket lum mfe|
|Birthday greetings||Poket mvut|
|One language is never enough||Ndi shiket ma njetne-i|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Nsha yaam te kukwom machi sha|
Phrases provided by Charles Riley, courtesy of Dr. Abdoulaye Laziz Nchare
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