In this lesson we cover some words you might want to use while visiting a friend.
Odi May I come in?
Kalibu (Odini) You may come in
Ingileni Please come / go in
Ikaleni pa mupando. Please be seated
Bushe ba mayo epo bali? Is the mistress at home?
Bushe ba tata epo bali? Is the master at home?
Epo bali He /she is in
Awe tabalipo No he / she is not in
Tabaliko He / she is not there
Bele kwi? Where has he / she /they gone?
Bele ku tauni He / she / they have gone to town
Bele ku nchito He / she / they have gone to work
Bele ku “market” ” ” ” ” ” to the market
Bele mukutapa amenshi. He/she/they have gone to draw water
Bele ku cililo He/she/they have gone to attend a funeral
Balebwela lilali? When are they coming back?
Katwishi I am not sure
Nshishibe uko bali. I don’t know where they are
Mwisakamana Do not worry
Balaisa nombaline. They are coming back very soon
Taba cilanda They did not say
Taba cinjeba. They did not tell me
Bacitila mulolele. They asked if you could wait
Isaleni icibi. Please close the door
Amenshi nayapya? Is the water boiled?
Inganda ino isuma. This house is nice
Inganda ino ikulu. This house is big
Umwana uyu musuma. This baby/child is lovely/nice
Mwansekesha You make me laugh
Mwisakamana ku cakulya. Do not bother preparing food
Natotela sana Thank you very much
Shani tu “tea”? How about some tea?
No mukaka With milk
Na mani With eggs
Na “bread” With bread
Na ma sikono With scores