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Most Common Greeting Phrase
When you greet someone you say "Salaam aleikum" which means "Peace be upon you" and they would reply Maleekum salaam which means "and peace be upon you" (Arabic). All the various ethnic groups are familiar with this formal salutation.
GREETINGS & PARTING PHRASES
ENGLISH WOLOF MANDINKA
Farewell Be Bennen Yon Foo Watido
Good morning Naka subasi Esama
Good afternoon Naka bechek bi Etinyang
Good evening Naka ngon si Ewulara
Good night Fanan Jamma Suto Yediya
How are you? Naka nga deff Kori tanante
How is it? Nakam Kairabe
How are you? Jamma Gnam Ibe Nyaadi
I am fine Mang fi rek Tenante
How if your family? Naka wa kerr gi Sumoo Lee
They are fine Nyunchi Jamma Sumolu Kontou
I will tell them Denen Ko Dega Mba Foleye
When do we meet again? Kanyi Lango Tase Waat? Wati Jumaleu Mbe Benna Koten
See you soon Dinala Gis-Waat Duyaga Mbe Jela saayiu
What is your name? Nakaga Tuda? Elondi?
My name is Modou Sama Tur Modou La Nto mu Modou Le ti
Where are you going? Foi Dem? Eka ta minto le?
Where do you come from? Fan nga jogey Ebata minto le
I come from Banjul Mangey jogey Banjul Nboto Banjul le
I am going to the beach Mangey dem si beach bi  

Days of The Week / Months / Year
ENGLISH WOLOF MANDINKA
Sunday Alet or Dimass Alahadi or Dimasso
Monday Alteneng Teneng
Tuesday Talata Talato
Wednesday Alarba Arabo
Thursday Alhamis Aramiso
Friday Arjuma Ajumo
Saturday Samdi Sibiti
     
1 month Benna weerr Kari kiling
1 year Benna att Sangi kiling
     
Food & Drink
ENGLISH WOLOF MANDINKA
Alcohol Sangara Dolo
Beans Nyebe Soso
Bread Mburu Mburo
Breakfast Ndeewo Dassamo
Butter Botta Botta
Cassava Nyambi Nyamba
Coffee Caf Koffi
Cooking oil Dew Leen Tabitulo
Couscous Dugub Nyo
Dinner Rerr Simango
Drink Naan Mingo
Drinks Naan Yi Minfengolu
Eat Lekka Domo
Egg Nenn Kilo
Fish Jen Nyewo
Honey Lem Liyoo
Jam Jaam Litabiringo
Lunch Anyi Kontongo
Maize Findi Finijo
Meat Yappa Subo
Milk Meew Kekewo
Potato Patat Patato
Rice Maalo Mano
Salt Horom Koo
Sugar Sucurr Sukuro
Tea Ti Tiy
General Vocabulary
ENGLISH WOLOF MANDINKA
Human Domi Adama Adama Dingo
I Maan Nte
Mine Suma bos la Nta
No Dedet Hani
Ours Sunna bos Ntaa
Thank you Jerre Jeff Abaraka
To be Mu-am Kake
To have Amko Kasoto
We Nyun Ntolu
Yes Waaw Ha
You Yow Ite
Yours Sa bos la Ita
     
 


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