English-Bemba Dictionary: Ba-By

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English –  Bemba

Baby           Umwana

Bachelor           Umushimbe

Back           Inuma

Backbite           Amba

Bacon           Inama ya Nkumba

Backward           Ubumfutete

Bad           Bipa

Bag           Umufuko

Baggage           Icipe

Bald           Ipala

Ball           Umupila

Bamboo           Ulusengu

Banana           Inkonde

Bandage           Insalu

Banish           Tamfya

Bank (of river)           Icituntu

Banquet           Amalila

Baptism           Ulubatisho

Baptise           Batisha

Bar           Inkolonga

Bare           Fula

Bargain           Ukukabushanya

Bark (tree)           Icipapa

Bark           Bosa

Barn           Ubutala

Barrel           Umutungi

Barren           ba ngumba

Barricade           Konkomeka / Cingilila

Barter           Ubukwebo

Basin           Ibeseni

Basket, reed           Umuseke

Basket, bamboo           Citundu

Basket, winnowing           Ulupe

Bastard           Umwana wamu bucende

Bat           Akasusu

Bateleur (eagle)           Mpungu

Bathe           Samba / Owa

Battle           Lwa / Ubulwi

Be           Kacibe

Beach           Lulamba

Beacon           Ulupopo

Bead           Ubulungu

Beak           Umulomo

Beam           Umwalo

Bean           Cilemba

Bear (a child)           Fyala

Bear (fruit)           Twala

Bear (carry)           Senda

Beard           Umwefu

Beast           Icinama

Beat           Uma

Beat (heart)           Tunta

Beating (punishment)           Ifikoti

Beautiful           …suma / wama

Beautify           Wamya

Because           Pantu / ku mulandu wa

Become           Aluka / Sanguka

Bed           Ubusanshi

Bedroom           Inganda ya kusendama

Bee           Ulushimu

Beer           Ubwalwa

Beetle           Akashishi

Before           Pa ntanshi / pa kubala

Beg           Lomba / Papatila

Beggar           Umupushi

Begin           Tampa / Tendeka / Amba

Beginning           Intendekelo

Behalf           Pa malo ya

Behave           Tekanya

Behaviour           Imicitile / imyendele

Behead           Putulako umutwe

Behind           Ku numa

Behold           Lelo

Being           Umuntu

Belch           Byola

Belie           Bepesha

Belief           Ubusumino

Believe           Sumina

Bell           Inyenjele

Bellows           Umuba

Belly           Ifumo / mu nda

Beloved           Umutemwika

Below           Mwisamba

Belt           Umushipi

Bench           Imbao

Bend           Peta / Icishoko / Inama

Benediction           Ibalaka

Benefit           Wamina

Beseech           Papata

Beside           Mupepi

Besiege           Shinga

Best           Wamisha

Bet           Icipangano

Betray           Sangukila

Betroth           Kobekela

Better           Wama ukucila

Between           Pakati ka..

Beverage           Icakunwa

Beware           Cenjela

Bewitch           Lowa

Beyond           Peshilya

Bible           Icipingo

Biceps           Bombwe

Bicycle           Incinga

Bid           Eba

Bifurcation (road)           Masansa

Big           ..kulu / …kalamba

Bile           Indusha

Bilharzia           Mubongola

Bin           Ubutala

Bind           Kaka

Bird           Icuni / Akoni

Birth           Ukufyalwa

Bishop           Shikofu

Bit           Panono / panini

Bite           Suma

Bitter           Lula

Black           Fita

Blacken           Fisha

Blackish           Fituluka

Black jack           Kasokopyo

Blacksmith           Kafula

Bladder           Icisu

Blade           Cilimi

Blame (falsely)           Bepesha

Blanket           Ubulangeti

Blast furnace           Ilungu

Blaze           Lubingu

Bleed           Suma umulopa

Blend           Sasha

Bless           Balikila / Pala amate / Senamina

Blessing           Ipalo

Blind           Pofula

Blindness           Ubupofu

Blind person           Impofu

Blink           Kapa

Blister           Icitusha

Blood           Umulopa

Blood vessel           Umushipa wamulopa

Bloom (flower)           Satula

Bloom (tree)           Balula

Blossom           Lutombo

Blow (hit)           Ulupumo

Blow (nose)           Fyona

Blow (puff)           Puta

Blunder           Tena

Blunt           Fupa

Board           Ipulanga

Boast           Amataki / Itakisha

Boat           Ubwato

Boatsman           Kashika wa bwato

Body           Umubili

Boggy           Tika

Boil (water)           Bila / Bilauka / Kafya

Boil (pus)           Icipute

Bold           Pama

Bone           Ifupa

Book           Icitabo

Boot           Insapato

Border           Umupaka

Bore (hole)           Tula

Boredom           Icitendwe

Borer           Umusumbo

Boring beetle           Lupese

Born           -fyalwa

Borrow           Ashima / Kongola

Bosom           Iceni

Both           Fyonse

Bother           Sakamika

Bottle           Umusukupala

Bounce           Tama

Boundary           Umupaka

Bounty           Ubusuma

Bow           Inama

Bow (& arrow)           Ubuta (no mufwi)

Bowel           Amala

Bowl           Imbale

Box           Imbokoshi

Boy           Umwana mwaume

Boy (youth)           Umulumendo

Bracelet (ivory)           Ikosa

Bracelet (grass)           Cindele

Bracelet (metal)           Icinkwingili

Bracelet (copper)           Lusambo

Brag           Amataki / Itakisha

Brain           Bongo bongo

Bran           Ifisense

Branch           Umusambo

Brave           Shipa / Pama

Bread           Umukate

Breadth           Ubukulu

Break           Putula

Break (pieces)           Fungaula

Break (fracture)           Kontola Kontoka

Break (rest)           Tusha

Break off           Mokola

Break up           Pangulula

Break (promise)           Futuka

Breakfast           -ikula

Breast           Ibele

Breast bone           Inkombe

Breath           Umupu

Breathe           Pema

Breed           Sanda

Brew (beer)           Longa ubwalwa

Bribe           Mafisa kanwa

Brick           Itafwali

Brick kiln           Icibili

Bricklayer           Kakula wa njelwa

Brick mould           Icikombola

Bride           Nabwinga

Bridegroom           Shibwinga

Bridge           Ubulalo

Bride price           Impango

Bright           -Beka

Brim           Milomo

Bring           Leta

Broad           Lepa

Broaden           Lefya

Broken           Tobeka

Brook           Akamana

Broom           Iceswa / Umukusao

Brother           Indume

Brotherhood           Bumunyina

Brother-in law           Bukwe

Bruise           Uluma / Cena

Brush           Cifuti

Brush (tooth)           Umuswaki

Brutality           Ubunkalwe

Brute           Umunkalwe

Bubble           Selauka

Bucket           Imbeketi

Bud           Ulutombo

Buffalo           Imboo

Bug (bed)           Icipu

Bugle           Ipenga

Build           Kula / Panga

Bull           Cilume

Bullet           Cipolopolo

Bunch           Cisangu

Bundle           Umwanshi

Burden           Icipe

Burglar           Umupupu

Burial place           Inshishi

Burial place (Royal)           Umwalule

Burn           Oca / Pya / Lungula

Burrow (big)           Mwimba

Burrow (small)           Umusombo

Burst           Lepuka

Bury           Shika

Bush           Impanga

Bush buck           Cisongo

Business           Umulimo

Busy           Ba ne milimo

But           Nomba

Butcher           Kakoma wa Ngombe

Butter           Amafuta ye shiba

Butterfly           Icipelebesha

Buttock           Itako

Button           Ipitawa

Buy           Shita

By           Ku / Kuli

Bye (Go well)           Fikenipo

Bye (remain well)           Shalenipo

 

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  17 comments for “English-Bemba Dictionary: Ba-By

  1. lisa
    January 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    What is the Bemba word for the disease “rickets”? Because i would translate it as ubulwele bwa ukongama

  2. joe
    January 4, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    meaning of Ba ?

    • JS
      January 28, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Hi Joe,
      “Ba…?” = “Mr/Ms…?” (as in “Who?”)

  3. bulaya kapambwe
    September 28, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Hi guys, wanted to find out the meaning of the name Kangwa, thanks in advance

  4. Phiri
    August 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    What is Uku belebesha?

    • JS
      August 24, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Hi Phiri,
      “Ukubelebesha” = Whispering.

  5. Bk
    August 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Hi people, What is Intoyo on English?

  6. GIVEN
    July 16, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    how can i say naya in english?

    • JS
      July 20, 2016 at 4:48 am

      Hi Given,
      “Naya” with a short “a” sound after the “N” means “Cook.”
      “Naya (Naaya)” with a long “a” sound after the “N” means “I am going” or “I am off” or “Bye”
      “Naya (Naaya)” with a long “a” sound after the “N” can also mean “These too..”

  7. cornelius bwalya
    May 10, 2016 at 12:07 am

    What is “ulota”. A skin condition in english

  8. Emelina nyirenda
    April 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    What are goose berries called in bemba

  9. November 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Hi, please help with the meaning of icipalakasa

    • JS
      November 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Olipa. “Icipalakasa” = “Brainy” (Clever). e.g. “Olipa wacipalakasa.” = “Olipa is very clever.”

  10. June 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Please help me with the translation of Favour into Bemba possibly in 1 word.thank you and great work you are doing

    • JS
      July 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Hi Kangwa,
      Favour = Afwa / Temwapo
      e.g “He favours his last born” = Atemwapo kasuli wakwe.
      Favour (noun) = Bwafwilisho
      e.g. “Do me a favour, …” = Njafwilisheniko …

  11. August 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Many thanks for this initiative, much appreciated. Just a note on translation for the word, barricade. Should that be as in “Ukucingilila” in the sense of an obstacle?

    I am involved with a team that has started the translation of the popular Linux computer operating system. We have started with the Ubuntu variety of Linux as it is the most commonly installed by average computer users. This resource here will be very helpful. May I ask that if there are users of this site who are interested in helping out on this voluntary work, just follow this link https://wiki.edubuntu.org/UbuntuBembaTranslators and if you have any problems at all, please let me know. It is a lot harder than normal speech due to the fact that English is not very expressive whereas Icibemba is.
    While we are at it, how would you translate: ‘Empty trash’ ? As in the trash on your computer.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Editor
      August 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Hi Anthony,

      We agree with “Ukuchingilila” or “Cingilila” as further meanings for “barricade.” We are adding them to the dictionary. Thanks.

      If someone asks the Bemba equivalent of a word the meaning you offer may not be the best one to use in the sentence they have in mind. It is so much easier to interpret a sentence in context than a word in isolation. This also allows one to draw upon the expressive richness of the Bemba vocabulary. We also encourage our readers to send in their ideas to add to, refine or correct our online Bemba Dictionary.

      “Empty trash” = “Fûta icishala”

      P/S We quite like the concept of Bemba Lite!

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