Dictionary

Basic Words

Imaan
mema
my / minesuma
youyow
your / yoursseen
he / him / hisñoom
she / her / hersñoom
it / itsñoom
their / theirsñoom
Mondayaltine
Tuesdaytalaata
Wednesdayàllarba
Thursdayalxames
Fridayàjjuma
Saturdaygaawu
Sundaydibéer
yesterdaydémb
todaytey
tomorrowsuba
day after tomorrowganow alaki
last yeardaw
this yearrenn
next yeardàwén
then (past)passé
now (present)légee
later (future)ci kanam
Januarysaawiye
Februaryfeewirye
Marchmars
Aprilawriil
Maymee
Junesuwe
Julysuleet
Augustut
Septemberseptàmbar
Octoberoktoobar
Novembernoowàmbar
Decemberdeesàmbar
hownaka
whatlan
whenkañ
wherefan
whichban
whokan
whylutax
blackñuul
bluebulu
brownsokolaa
greenwerta
orangesoraans
redxonxa
whiteweex
yellownete

Sample Words

a.m. (ante meridiem)suba si (morning, next day)
absolvebaal (forgive, excuse)
accommodateteeru, doloo (lodge)
adapteradaptër / adaptateur (Fr.)
affection (love)mbëggeel gi
age (year)at mi
aidndimmal li (help, rescue, relief)
alcoholsàngara si (drink), alkol ji (surgical)
alsoitam
He also will come.Moom it dina ñow.
amount (‘how much’)ñaata
and (with)ak
appetitexiif (hungry, hunger)
arm / armsloxo li (hand, fist, wrist, handle)
ask (question)laaj bi
atm (bank)masiinu xaalis (“money machine“)
await (wait)xaar
babyliir bi (newborn, infant)
beachtefes gi (seaside, bank)
bicycle / bikewelo / vélo (Fr.)
blackñuul wi
body (person)yaram wi
bracelet / ringlam bi
buddy (friend)xarit / xariit bi
Do you know my buddy?Xam nga suma xarit?
cafekafe gi (coffee, coffee tree)
celebrationxew (happen, party, ceremony)
chatwaxtaan (converse, conversation)
cigarettesigaret / sigareet bi (Fr.)
clean / wipefomp
coalition (association)mbootaaj / mbootaay gi
cow / beefnag, nak wi
The hyena ate three cows.Bukki yappa nyetti nag.
crazy (insane)dof bi
curegarap / garab gi (tree, plant, drug, remedy)
dairy productslu jóge ci meew (“made from milk“)
death / pass awaydee gi
Only death can separate them.Dee rekk a leen mën teqale.
dialect (language)làkk wi
dodef (make, commit, execute, to put)
dreamgént gi
dugoutgaal gi (canoe, boat)
eachbu nekka
echo / delayjib
educatejàng (learn, read)
effortlessyomb (easy, cheap)
eggnen (lay, ovum)
elegantyànj (incandesce, beautiful)
Today he came here with beautiful clothes.Col gu yànj la fi dikke tey.
emailimel / l’email (Fr.)
enclosuretappaat
european (french, etc.)tubaab bi
eventxew (fashion, current)
exactlytembe (barely, precisely)
eyebët bi
fableleeb (slow speaking, nonchalant)
fearragal (heal, care, fear, fearful, cowardly)
finger / digitbaaraam bi
He’s got a ring on his toe.Mu ngi takk jaaro ci baaraamu tànkam.
flash (lightning)melax gi
followtopp (accompany, observe, come after)
freeamul fey (“without pay“)
fula (fulani)pël bi / peul (Fr.)
gabwax (say, speak, language, word)
gem (jewelry)takkay / takkaay li
ghana / leprosygaana gi
gift / offerndawtal gi
gladbég (gay, satisfied); bëgg (like, want)
godem
Where did he go?Fu mu dem?
gramgaram / gramme (Fr.)
guestgan bi (host, foreign, new, unusual)
habit / customaada ji / baax gi
he / ownmoom
highkawe / kowe (elevated), kow gi (top, inside)
hogmbaam mi (donkey, pork)
humidtoy (light); tooy ji (wet, aches, stiffness)
hyenabukki bi
We do not give the hyena smoked meat.Bukki kenn du ko dénk i seel.
Iman
I’venaa
ideaxalaat (think, reflect, thought, reflection)
ignitetaal (light up, set on fire, hearth, fire)
ill / diseasefeebar / fièvre (Fr.)
My child is sick.Sama doom dafa feebar.
imitate / counterfeitroy
inadequate / weak mindeddoyadi
iron / ironingpaase / repasser (Fr.)
jackaltilla / till gi
jealousfiir (hit, stamp, trap), siis (greedy, unsocial)
Whoever loves his wife is jealous of her.Ku bëgg sa jabar fiir ca.
jinn (spirit)jine / jinne ji (supernatural, genie)
jobligéey (work, spell casting, task, fate)
judgeàate bi (separate, arbitrate), xaali ji
kabahkaaba gi
keepdeñca / denc, log bi (held in mouth)
khaya senegalensis (tree) / distinguishedxay gi
kick (from behind)wexxa / wéx
kneeóom bi
kohl (makeup)tusungal ji
It is Moorish women who generally sell kohl.Jigéeni Naar yeey faral jaay tusngal.
labor (birth / born)juddu bi, mat (complete, maturity)
leadernjiit mi (guide, chief, responsible, president)
You do not have the qualities of a leader.Matuloo njiit.
liarkaacikat, kàcci (brazenly), nar, fen
lodge / accommodatedoloo
lukewarmnugg
machine / sewing machinemasin bi / la machine (Fr.)
measure / contributionnatt bi
milkmeew mi
mobile phoneportaabal / téléphone portable (Fr.)
muchbare bi / bari (many, abundant)
There are a lot of people in the house.Nit ñu baree ngi ci kër gi.
nail / pointdaaj (typing), ponta / pont bi / le point (Fr.)
neardaala
niceneex (good, please), baax (custom, habit)
nodeedeet / déedéet
Did you tell him that? No!Yaa ko ko wax? Déedéet!
numberlim (enumerate, quote, count)
obeydeggal
occupationméecé mi
oddpata
offermaye (give, donate)
ohey (interjection of surprise, compassion, etc.)
oil (engine)iwil / huile (Fr.)
okaybaax na
oldmàgget / màggat mi
This aid goes to the elderly.Ndimmal loolu ci màggat yi la jëm.
onsi, ci (in, at)
openubbi
organizationmbootaaj / mbootaay gi (association)
ostrichbanjooli bi
otherbeneen
oursuñu
oven / bakeryfuur bi / four (fr.)
ownam (exist, have), moom
oxenëkka
oysteryoxos gi
p.m. (post meridiem)ngoon gi (afternoon, evening)
packagepaket bi / paquet (Fr.)
peacejamm / jàmm ji (tranquility of soul)
pharmaceuticalsgarap / garab gi (tree, plant, medicine)
pick (choose)tann / tànn (designate)
placeberep / béréb bi
Find a clean place to spread the mat!Seetal béréb bu set nga lal fa basaŋ gi!
pony / horsefas wi
prank / gamepo mi
purchasejënd (buy)
pythonyeew wi
quarreltafaar ji, xuloo, xulóo (argue), niiroo-ŋaaroo
I reconciled those who were arguing.Jubale naa ñi doon xuloo.
question / questionslaaj (ask), laajte (take information)
quick / nimblegaaw (to hurry up)
rabbit (domestic)njombor gi (hare)
read / learnjang / jàng
I was reading my newspaper.Dama doon jàng sama surnaal.
riceceeb bi
roadyoon wi (way, path, track, times)
rudesoxor (mean, cruel)
sadtrist (Fr.)
sea / oceangeej / géej gi
shade (of house, etc.)ker gi (shadow), keppar gi (shaded area)
sick / diseasefeebar bi / fièvre “fever” (Fr.)
skin / leatherder wi (also: reputation)
sleepnelaw yi
small / littlendaw gi (young, youth) tuuti ji (thin)
sneakers (shoes)dall yi / dàll wi (single shoe)
soapsaabu bi / savon (Fr.)
speak / saywax ji (speech), waxtaan wi (talk), dégg (hear)
stain / stainedgakk / gàkk bi
sunjant bi
swabfomp (to wipe clean)
Wipe your hands!Fompal say loxo!
takejël, fab (take away), yobbu / yóbbu (carry)
teaattaaya / àttaaya jiSenegalese tea
thankgërëm
tickettike bi (E.), biye / billet (Fr.)
todaytey (also: on purpose), tej
It happened today.Tey la ñow.
tradewecci (swap, exchange, make change)
Tuesdaytalaata ji (also: slap, violent)
twin beds / bedlal bi
ugly / unattractiveñaaw li (naughty)
under / belowsuuf si (sand, earth, ground)
upset (angry)mer mi (anger)
urgent / urgejamp
use / utilitynjariñ li (profit; aptitude for work)
I am of no use to you.Amaluma leen njariñ.
vaccinate / vaccineñakk bi
This vaccine protects children from diseases.Ñakk bii dina aar xale yi jàngoro.
vegetablelejum bi / légume (Fr.)
viewxool (watch, observe), seetaan (spectator)
voicebaat bi (neck; word)
waitxaar
weñun
whatlan
wideyaa (extended, vast, tall)
woman / sisterjigeen / jigéen ji
The women are seated inside the house.Jigéen ñaa ngi toog ci biir kër gi.
wrapëmb bi (bundle; pregnancy)
xylophone (balafon)baliñe bi
The balafon is of Mandingo origin.Ca Soose ya la baliñe fekk baax.
yam (cassava)ñambi ji
year / ageat mi
How old are you?Ñaata at nga am?
youyow (sg.), yeen (pl.)
zealousfitna ji (suffering, pain), ngànda gi
He is zealous.Ngàndaa ko dal.
zorilla (an animal)wéxéñ wi

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