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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See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

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
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
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)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes En
No Ên en
I don't know
I understand
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Sango?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Sango
How do you say ... in Sango?
Excuse me Pardon
How much is this?
Sorry Tî mawa na bê
Please Mbi gbu gere ti mo
Thank you Singîla
Singîla mingi
Reply to thank you Sengue
Where's the toilet / bathroom?
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
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Help! Zängö!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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