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Greetings

 
Hello! Mbote!
Mbote!Hello!
Good morning! (sg/pl) Mbote!
Mbote!Good morning! (sg/pl)
Hello! (sg/pl) Mbote!/ Sango nini!
Mbote!/ Sango nini!Hello! (sg/pl)
Good evening! (sg/pl) Mbote!
Mbote!Good evening! (sg/pl)
Good night! (sg/pl) Butu elamu!
Butu elamu!Good night! (sg/pl)
Bye! (infml) Tikala malamu!
Tikala malamu!Bye! (infml)
Good bye! (fml.) Tokomonana!
Tokomonana!Good bye! (fml.)

Important vocabulary

 
yes ee
eeyes
no te
teno
maybe mbala mosúsu
mbala mosúsumaybe
OK ok
okOK
Thank you! De rien!
De rien!Thank you!
You're welcome! (m/f) S'il te pla ît!
S'il te pla ît!You're welcome! (m/f)
Excuse me, … (sg/pl) limbisa ngaï
limbisa ngaïExcuse me, … (sg/pl)
I have ... Na sa na ...
Na sa na ...I have ...
There is ... ... e sa.
... e sa.There is ...

Introducing yourself

 
My name is ... Kombo na ngaï ... .
Kombo na ngaï ... .My name is ...
I'm from ... Na wuti na ...
Na wuti na ...I'm from ...
I'm ... years old. Na sa na mbula ... .
Na sa na mbula ... .I'm ... years old.
I am (not) married. (m/f) Na balami.
Na balami.I am (not) married. (m/f)
I'm traveling with ... Naso kende mobémbo na ...
Naso kende mobémbo na ...I'm traveling with ...

Comprehension

 
I don't understand that. (m/f) Nazo yóka elóko mókó té.
Nazo yóka elóko mókó té.I don't understand that. (m/f)
Do you speak …? (m/f) Est ce que oyebi koloba ... ?
Est ce que oyebi koloba ... ?Do you speak …? (m/f)
Does anyone here speak ...? Mutu moko aya akoki koloba ... ?
Mutu moko aya akoki koloba ... ?Does anyone here speak ...?
English ki-anglais
ki-anglaisEnglish
French français
françaisFrench
Could you write that down please. (m/f) Koma eloko wana s'il te plaît.
Koma eloko wana s'il te plaît.Could you write that down please. (m/f)
Could you please repeat that. (m/f) Loba lisusu.
Loba lisusu.Could you please repeat that. (m/f)
Just a moment please. Zela moke.
Zela moke.Just a moment please.

Numbers

 
zero libúngútulú
libúngútulúzero
one moko
mokoone
two míbalé
míbalétwo
three misatu
misatuthree
four mine
minefour
five mitano
mitanofive
six sambo
sambosix
seven motoba
motobaseven
eight mwambe
mwambeeight
nine libwá
libwánine
ten dzomi
dzomiten
eleven dzomi na moko
dzomi na mokoeleven
twelve dzomi na míbalé
dzomi na míbalétwelve
thirteen dzomi na misato
dzomi na misatothirteen
fourteen dzomi na mínei
dzomi na míneifourteen
fifteen dzomi na mitano
dzomi na mitanofifteen
sixteen dzomi na motoba 
dzomi na motoba sixteen
seventeen dzomi na sambo
dzomi na samboseventeen
eighteen dzomi na mwambe
dzomi na mwambeeighteen
nineteen dzomi na libwa
dzomi na libwanineteen
twenty ntuku míbalé
ntuku míbalétwenty
twenty-one ntuku míbalé na moko
ntuku míbalé na mokotwenty-one
thirty ntuku misato
ntuku misatothirty
forty ntuku minei
ntuku mineiforty
fifty ntuku mitano
ntuku mitanofifty
sixty ntuku motoba
ntuku motobasixty
seventy ntuku sambo
ntuku samboseventy
eighty ntuku mwambe
ntuku mwambeeighty
ninety ntuku libwa
ntuku libwaninety
one hundred nkama
nkamaone hundred
one thousand nkoto
nkotoone thousand
one million epúná/ efúku
epúná/ efúkuone million
some / a couple míbalé
míbalésome / a couple