Photo by Biser Todorov (Wikipedia)
If you walk into any restaurant, the truth is that you can call virtually all foods by their English names and you will be perfectly understood.
Whether you are in Kitwe or in Kasama, you will find a variety of dishes to choose from. Here are some Bemba words and phrases you are likely to use at the restaurant:
Maize (plural) Amataba
Sweet Potato Cumbu
Sweet potatoes Fyumbu
Restaurant N’ganda ya malîla
Toilet Cimbusu / “Ng’anda ikalamba”
How much? Lunga? / Shinga?
Can I please have ….. Mpeniko ………..
I want ………… Ndefwaya ……..
Thank you Natôtela / Natasha
The cook Kûki / Kepika
We thank you Twatotela
The food is nice Icakulya naciwâma
The food is very nice Icakulya naciwâma sâna
The food is not nice Icakulya taciwême
There’s no salt (in the food) Tamuli mucele (mu cakulya)