Lookey Lookey: Bueno, Bonito, Barato

This week I’ve been learning a few words of Wolof, official language of the Wolof Tribe in Senegal, who coincidentally make up a significant part of our international community –

 

 
Hello.
Salaam aleekum. / Bonjour.
sa·laam a·ley·kum / bon·zhoor

Goodbye.
Mangi dem. / Au revoir.
maan·gee dem / o·rer·vwar

Please.
Bu la neexee. / S’il vous plaît.
boo la ney·khey / seel voo pley
Thank you.
Jërejëf. / Merci.
je·re·jef / mair·see
You’re welcome.
Amul sólo. / Je vous en prie.
uh·mool so·lo / zher voo zom pree
Yes.
Waaw. / Oui.
wow / wee
No.
Déedéet. / Non.
dey·deyt / non
Sorry. (Excuse me.)
Baal ma. (Jéggël ma.) / Pardon. (Excusez-moi.)
baal ma (jey·guhl mah) / par·don (ek·skew·zay·mwa)
Do you speak English?
Ndax dégg nga angale? / Parlez-vous anglais?
ndakh deg nguh an·ga·ley / par·ley·voo ong·ley
Do you understand? (Do you speak … ?)
Dégg nga? / Comprenez-vous?
deg nguh / kom·pre·ney·voo
I understand.
Dégg naa. / Je comprends.
deg na / zher kom·pron
I don’t understand.
Dégguma. / Je ne comprends pas.
deg·goo·ma / zher ner kom·pron pa
Help!
Wóoy! / Au secours!
wohy / o·skoor

 

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