Useful phrases in Sango

A collection of useful phrases in Sango (yângâ tî sängö), a Ngbandi-based croele spoken in the Central African Republic, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase yângâ tî sängö (Sango)
Welcome Nzoni gango
Hello (General greeting) Bara mo
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Töngana nye?
Reply to 'How are you?' Mbï yeke sêngê (I'm fine)
Mbï duti nzoni (I'm fine)
Ye ake ape (Very good / not bad)
Nzoni (Very good / not bad)
Long time no see Aninga e wara tere ape!
What's your name? Ïrï tî mo nye?
My name is ... Irï tî mbï ...
Irï tî mbï a yeke ...
Where are you from? Ala londo na ndo wa?
I'm from ... Mbi londo na ...
Pleased to meet you Anzere ti hinga ala
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ala lango ndjoni? (Did you sleep well?)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Nzoni lakwi
(Parting phrases)
Mbi zia mo
Gue nzoni
Na peko (See you later)
Na peko ma (See you soon)
Na kekereke (See you tomorrow)
Nzapa bata mo (God protect you)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Kobe anzere na yanga ti mo (May the food please your mouth)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ala gwe ndjoni (Go well)
Yes En
No Ên en
I don't know Mbi hinga ape
I understand Mbi ma awe
I don't understand Mbi ma ape
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Mo tene anglai?
Do you speak Sango? Mo tene Sango?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
En, kete
Do you speak a language
other than
Mo hinga ti sala tene na mbeni yanga nde?
Speak to me in Sango
How do you say ... in Sango?
Excuse me Pardon
How much is this?
Sorry Mawa
Mbi gbu gere ti mo (I grab your foot)
Asala ye ape (reply - It is nothing)
Please Mbi gbu gere ti mo
Thank you Singîla
Singîla mingi
Reply to thank you Asala ye ape (It's nothing)
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Douche ni ayeke na ndo wa?
Cabinet ni ayeke na ndo wa?
Da ti puru ni ayeke na ndo wa?
This gentleman will pay for everything Koli so ayeke futa nginza ti ye ni kwe
This lady will pay for everything Wali so ayeke futa nginza ti ye ni kwe
Would you like to dance with me? Mo ye ti dodo na mbi?
Do you come here often? Mo ga geh mingi?
I miss you
I love you Mbi ye mo
Get well soon
Go away! Mo hon!
Leave me alone! Zia mbi!
Help! Zängö!
Call the police! Iri aturugu!
Christmas greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Jeffrey Rein

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