A collection of useful phrases in Kinyarwanda, a Bantu language spoken in mainly in Rwanda.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Muraho
|How are you?||Amakuru? (News?)
Amakuru yawe? (Your news?)
Umeze gute? (You good?) - sg
Mumeze gute? (You good?) - pl
Biri kugenda bite? (inf)
Bite byanyu? (inf)
Bite se? (inf)
Bite se sha? (inf)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ni meza
Meza neza (I go good)
Tumeza neza (We go good)
Nibyiza, murakoze, nawe se?
|Long time no see||Hashize iminsi tutabonana|
|What's your name?||Witwa nde?
|My name is ...||Nitwa ...|
|Where are you from?||Muturuka he?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Ndabishimiye (sg)
Nishimiye kuba menya (pl/frm)
|Good luck!||Amahirwe masa
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Umunsi mwiza|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't understand||Simbyumva|
|I don't know||Simbizi|
|Please speak more slowly||Vuga buhoro buhoro|
|Please say that again||Subiramo
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Uvuga icyongereza?|
|Do you speak Kinyarwanda?||Uvuga Ikinyarwanda?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|How do you say ... in Kinyarwanda?||Uvuga ngwiki ... mu Kinyarwanda?|
|How much is this?||Nangahe?|
|Reply to thank you||Ntacyo|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Aho kwituma ni he?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|I miss you||Ndagukumbuye|
|I love you||Ndagukunda|
|Get well soon||Urware ubukira|
|Leave me alone!||Mvaho!
|Call the police!||Hamagara polisi!|
|Christmas greetings||Noheri nziza n'umwaka mushya muhire|
|Easter greetings||Pasika Nziza|
|Birthday greetings||Isabukuru rwiza
Ugire umunsi mwiza wivuko ryawe
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Gutwara ibintu nabantu kumaz
(My water car is full of thin fish)
Phrases and recordings by Kazage J Christophe Utuje, Paul Fuggles, LaPolyglotte and Aimable Usengimana
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