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amhis, her, its
ait is (cf. la)
aused with a variety of verbs
aused to indicate repitition
aending for the definite article, etc. which indicates distance from the speaker
à côté de (Fr.)next to
a jaaraama (sg) (Fula)thank you
à l’heure (Fr.)on time
aa domoh, child
aa, aaaan exclamation
aaba v.to borrow, lend
aabakat n.borrower, lender
aacha exp.go ahead (used as a command)
aada j (Ar.)custom, tradition
Aadama (Ar.)Adam. A name given to a twin, the other being Hawa (Eve)
aaduna n.the world, generation, universe
Aaf-day (E.)Half-Die (a district of Banjul)
aaga n.to arrive (there), to reach (a stopping point)
aaga v.to arrive at, to reach
aaga/eega v.to arrive at, to reach
aagee v.to deliver a message, to make reach
aagee/eegee v.to deliver a message, to make reach
aa-haaan exclamation: ‘that’s right’
aajana n.heaven, paradise
aajē v.to bring down; to make fun of
aaji n.female title after going to Mecca
aaji v.to unhook, to hit a target, to bring down
aajo j (Ar.)desire, need
aajo va.to be respectful, need, anxiety
aajor binhabitant of Kayor
aajuma n.Friday
Aajuma/gaaw n.Friday
aaka n.confrontation, attack verbally
aaka v.confront
aakara n.spicy bean cake
aala n.the bush, forest
Aalarba/aaralba n.Wednesday
aalea suffix indicating ‘somewhat’, with colors ‘…ish’
aalea suffix indicating ‘with’
aaluwa n.a wooden writing tablet
aamé v.to keep/to take care of, to be in possession of
aamēn n.amen (in answer to prayer)
aana suffix indicating habitual or professional action
aanda + akto accompany
aanda leenyou go together
aanda v.to go well with (something); to accompany
aanda v.to go together
aandandor n.acquaintance, colleague, friend. (see ‘aanda’)
aankese sek bi an-ke-sey sek beecash a check
aankese traveler bi an-ke-sey tra-ve-ler beechange a travellers cheque
aapa v.to limit
aapal v.to limit
aar n.protection
aar v.protect, to save
aar yaram wito protect the body
aarab v.to drop
Aasaka n.annual tithe given to the mosque or to the needy (one of the pillars of Islam)
aata suffix indicating ‘again’
aat b n.an uncircumsized person
aate n.to adjucate/to judge
aatee v.to judge, seperate
aateekaay n.courthouse
aateekat n.magistrate
aawlu adj.to have bad luck
aawo b n.the first wife in a polygynous marriage
aaxa baaxutit is not good to sin
aaxa n.sin (see ‘aaka’); the debt you owe someone for having done something bad to them
aayto be bad; to be strong at; to be good at
aaya suffix indicating abstraction
aay adj.to be very good at something
aay gaafto bring bad luck to
aay v. (Sn.)to be bad
aay va.to be smart, ill-luck
aaya jverse of the Koran
aayeto prohibit
aayee v.to deprive (someone) of (something); prohibit, forbid
aay-gaaf va.to be ill-fated
aayooto quieten a child
ab (from –b-)a form of the indefinite article. It precedes the noun
ab art.a
ab tola garden, a farm
abada (Ar.)for ever
abadan n.forever/eternity
abal v.to lend something (to someone)
abale/able v.to borrow out, lend out
abbato borrow
Abdu (Ar.)a man’s name
Abdul (Ar.)a man’s name
Abdulaay (Ar.)a man’s name
Abisatua woman’s name
able v.to lend (in a general sense), to lend out to someone
ablekat blender
Absaa woman’s name
Abua man’s name
aca ex.go (imperative), let’s do it, do it
aca int.go on, go away (the meaning of this word is always explained by the context or situation)
aca n.OK
aca xaj bigo, dog! (do not use ‘aca’ on adults)
accago on! (Senegalese writers use ‘ayca’)
acca leenlet’s go (pl.)
acca!used to drive animals away
accam! (Fula)leave me alone!
achanam hakke (Fula)sorry/pardon
Ada faama engale/faranse? (Fula)Do you speak English/French?
adaptër a-dap-tuhradaptor
addina j/adduna j (Ar.)the world
adduto reply
adduna yëppthe whole world
adia suffix implying diminution
adina n. (aduna)world, universe
adisiyon a-di-see-yoncheck (bill)
adres ad-resaddress
adresse (Fr.)address
afto gape, have the mouth wide open
Af-daayHalf-Die (a district of Banjul)
afeer b n. (Fr.)affair, business (French: affaire)
afra n.grilled meat, or grilled meat stall (Gambia); roasted meat
Afrig, Afirig, Afrik (Fr.)Africa (French: Afrique)
Afrika (E.)Africa
aga form of the indefinite article
ag gaala canoe
ag/ak conj.and, with, by
aggato arrive at
aggalito welcome; welcoming gift
agrikolco (E.)Agriculture, as in the Department of…
agsito arrive
agsi/egsi v.to arrive
agsil/agsileen ak jaam (sg/pl)you’re welcome
aguguAku masquerade
agula suffix indicating ‘not yet’
aifaare n.pagan
aik v.climb
aikerty v.lift, elevate
ailake adv.tomorrow
ailake-ce-baychaktomorrow afternoon
ailake-ce-goudytomorrow night
ailake-ce-subatomorrow morning
ainay n.wish
ainer n.mold
air condition (Gm.)air conditioning
air mail (Gm.)air mail
airplane (Gm.)airplane
airport (Gm.)airport
airport tax/duty (Gm.)airport tax
ajto place high up, to hang up
aj githe pilgrimage
aj, ajito go on a pilgrimage
ajaratu n.female pilgrim, a woman who has been to Mecca, woman’s name, title given to a female pilgrim to Mecca
Ajititle given to a woman who has made the pilgrimage
aji Makkato go to Mecca
aji v.to go on pilgrimage
ajjana j (Ar.)heaven, paradise
ajjeekuto descend
ajjito unhook, detach
ajji buyto loosen baobab fruit from tree
ajjuma (Ar.)Friday
àjjuma aj-ju-maFriday
ajjuma ci suubaFriday morning
ajjuma jotFriday came
aju adj.to be hung up, caught on; to be stuck up (in a tree)
aju va.to be hung
ajukaay mbubba bhanger for garment
ak (ag)and, with (used with nouns and pronouns), ‘and’ linking verbs and phrases is ‘te’.
ak conj. akand; with
ak jammawith peace, in peace
ak kan?and who?
ak meew ak meywwith milk
akara b n. (Yoruba)bean cake
aksito arrive
Aku b n.Creole
alused with verb ending in a consonant to form imperative singular
alsuffix indicating ‘doing for someone’
alsuffix which turns verb into an active form (causative suffix)
alaa (Fula)no
alaafiya n.chance, freedom
Alaaji n.male pilgrim, a man who has been to Mecca, a man’s name, male pilgrim to Mecca (used as an honorific)
alaarba n.Wednesday
alal j/alel jproperty
alamaan b (Ar.)a fine
alamaan n./v.fine, ticket; to fine/to charge with
Alasaana man’s name
Albadaara village on the north bank (Albreda)
alcarly n.village leader
alee, tyaaw (Fr.)“allez, chiao” = goodbye
alel ju bariwealth
alel n.property, wealth
alersi a-ler-seeallergy
Alet/dimaas n.Sunday
Alfa (Fula) (Ar.)a high rank in the Muslim hierarchy. e.g. Alfa Yayaa. Also used as a personal name
alfun n. (Ar.)a thousand; one million
Alhamwhite Mercades bus, also called N’Diaga N’Diaye in Dakar
alheames n.Thursday
Ali (Ar.)a man’s name
aliwa n.wooden board to study/write the Koran on
Aliyu/Aliu (Ar.)a man’s name
aljana (Ar.)heaven, paradise
aljana/arjana n.heaven
aljuma (Ar.)Friday
Alkaali n.head of the village
alkaati al-kaa-teethe police
alkaati b (Ar.)policeman
alkoraan n.the Koran
alla bthe ‘bush’
alla-akubaar (Ar.)God is great
allaaxira j (Ar.)the next world
allahu-akbar (Ar.)God is great
allaji b (alxaaji) (Ar.)title of a man who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca
àllarba al-lar-baWednesday
allarba ci suubaWednesday morning
allarba j (Ar.)Wednesday
alluwa j (Ar.)wooden writing board
almaami (Ar.)title of ruler of various Muslim states such as Fuuta, Bundu, etc. e.g. Almaama Samori (cf. elimaan)
Almaañ (Fr.)Germany (French: Allemagne)
almanaak b (Ar.)calendar
almet b (Fr.) al-metmatch, matches (French: allumette)
almit n.match
almódoo n.Arabic student
almoor b n. (Fr.)cupboard (French: armoire)
almorre n.cupboard
almowal n. (Fr.)clothing, closet
Almuudu n.Arabic scholar
alonbeauty shop
aloom ga tree
aloor (Fr.)then (French: alors)
altine al-ti-neyMonday
altiné j n. (Ar.)Monday
Altine/Lundi n.Monday
altineh n.Monday
alxaaji j (Ar.)pilgrim
alxamdulēaay n.thanks to God/praise be to Allah (from Arabic ‘al hamdu lillah’)
alxamdulilaa ex. (Ar.)praise be to God
alxamdulillaa(xi) (Ar.)praise be to God
alxames al-kha-mesThursday
alxames j (Ar.)Thursday
alxamis (Ar.)Thursday
Alxemes n. (Ar.)Thursday
alxuraan j (Ar.)The Koran
amor (used in double questions)
ama form of the indefinite article
amto have, possess
amto exist
am alelto have riches
am amhave
am doomto have a child
Am na asiraans. am naa a-si-raansI have insurance.
Am na jabar. am naa ja-barI’m married.
Am na jëkër. am naa juh-kuhrI’m married.
am na…there is, there are
am neñu ligeeywe have work
Am nga … ?Do you have … ?, Do you have any … ?
am nga alaafiyayou have got freedom
Am nga badge?Do you have any identifcation?
Am nga cigarette-american?Do you have American cigarettes?
Am nga cigarette-arngaleh?Do you have British cigarettes?
Am nga fahre?Do you have a boyfriend?
Am nga guidebook?Do you have a guidebook?
Am nga jangha?Do you have a girlfriend?
Am nga match/lighter?Do you have a match/lighter?
Am nga moto?Do you have a car?
Am nga tarble?Do you have a table?
Am nga telephone?Do you have a telephone?
Am ngeen néeg … ? am ngeyn neyg …Do you have a … room?
Am ngen lifegaurd?Is there a lifegaurd?
am reewa country
am sa weccithere’s your change
am solo am so-loimportant
am v.to have
am xaalisto have money
am xara sheep
am xel adj.to have intelligence; smart
am yaram adj.fat, to be big, to be stout (lit. have body)
am, yowhere! take it!
am’am n.wealth
Amadua man’s name
amam bfortune, possessions
am-am bfortune, possessions
Amaria man’s name
Amata man’s name
amatito happen again
am-ati nga…you still have…
amatulno longer have; there no longer is
ambilaans bi am-bi-laans beean ambulance
am-di-jamma n.acquaintance
ameto hold, have with one; be concerned with
ame va.to be in possession of something
amel v.to owe to (someone)
amel va.to be in debt (kind/cash), to owe
Amerik (Fr.)America (French: Amerique)
Amerik a-me-reekthe USA
Amerika (E.)America
Amerikaan (E.)American
Amerikeñ (Fr.)American (French: Américain)
Amet n.Moor
ami kole n.nickname for a person called ‘Amie’
Ami, Aminataa woman’s name
amiin ex. (Ar.)amen
Aminathe name of a woman’s magazine; a woman’s name
Ammoo neu …We don’t have …
amnathere is, is there
Am-na … ?Is there … ?
Am-na neu garneu!There are people injured!
Am-nar dorm-bu-gegain.I have a daughter.
Am-nar dorm-bu-gore.I have a son.
Am-nar koui raicha!Someone is drowning!
Am-nar lehtahre?Is there any mail for me?
Am-nar payngu …I have been vaccinated against …
Am-nar suma pouhrsa.I have my own syringe/needle.
amoon na fi…once upon a time (the introduction to a story)
amu ñu doomthey had no child
amulhe has not
amul boppahe has not sense (lit. head)
amul fey a-mul fayfree (of charge)
amut sans n.(of someone) they have bad luck
amxar n.split open
am-xel  va.to be smart
am-yaram va.to be fat, put on weight
anto pick up what has been swept into heaps
to eat lunch
añ bilunch (also ‘reward’)
añ bi pareelunch is ready
añ pare nalunch is ready
anawhere? how is/are?
ana adv.where
ana caabi bi?where is the key?
ana conj.where is
ana Faatu?where is Faatu?
ana mu?where is it? where is he/she?
ana waa kër ga?where (how) are the people of the compound?
Ana wanag wi? a-na wa-nak weeWhere are the toilets?
anaago n.frock
añaanto be jealous
añaan adj.jealous, envious, selfish
añaan va.to be envious, be jealous, be selfish
anaanas n. (Fr.)pineapple
añaanee va.to be jealous of
analto pick up (garbage) for
anam (Ar.)page of a book
anam adv. (ana + mu)where is it
anam n.the manner/way to do something usssually right/holy manner/way
ananaas bpineapple
anango laa solI’m wearing a frock
Ancaa woman’s name
and i cuuraay bincense pot
andato accompany
anda + ak aa?to go together
anda b n.a perforated pot in which incense is burnt, incense burner (made of clay), censer
andaar j n. (Ar.)a wooden bowl used as a measure; unit of measurment
andaar u duguba bowl of millet
andandooto go together with
andandoo n.companion
and-andoo; …bto go together, to agree; companion
andea suffix indicating a quality
andia suffix implying the idea of waiting
andikape an-dee-ka-peydisabled (person)
andooa suffix indicating ‘together’
añee v.to lunch at
anga, ange, angiindicator of present tense
angale an-ga-leyEnglish (language)
Angale lay laakahe speaks English
Angale n.English
Angalteer an-gla-teyrthe UK
Angalteer leñu jógééthey come from England
Angalteer n.England
angera n.fertilizer (artificial)
añito go for lunch
aniin jblue makeup for eyelids and lips
ankaay n.of course/yes
anndah n.incense burner
añsito come for lunch
Antaa name
antal adj.able
antan/antal va.to be able to lift, bear, endure
antarē n.interest
antea suffix indicating reciprocity
antēn n.antenna
antere (Fr.)come in (French: entrez)
antere an-te-reythe admission charge
anternet an-ter-netInternet
antireverse causative suffix. eg lijjanti
antianflamatwaar an-tee-an-fla-mat-waaranti-inflammatories
antibiyotik an-tee-bee-yoh-teekantibiotics
antua suffix indicating ‘spend time at’, generally implying a lack of seriousness
anyi n.some
aŋgale (Fr.)English (French: anglais)
aŋgalteer (Fr.)England (French: Angleterre)
aparante n.apprentice
aparé n. (Fr.)camera
apons n.foam mattress
appa blimit
apparanti n.apprentice
apree (Fr.)after (French: après)
apulu n.pink eye; eye infection
Araab n. (E.) (Fr.)Arab, Arabic (French: Arabe)
araam (Ar.)abomination, taboo; to be abominable
araam n.to be forbidden by Islamic law
araam v.to be forbidden
arabiis n.an infection between the toes
araf b (Ar.)letter of the alphabet, script
araf i angaleEuropean script
araf n.letter/alphabet
araf u tubab biEuropean script
Arama woman’s name
arankees n.“iron case”, safe, money box
arar n.bugs under peanut piles
arba v.lend
arbalanteh n.share
arbēt n. (Fr.)referee
arbit bi jubutthe referee is not straight forward
arbit n.referee
arca v.confront
arch v.hang
archa v.proceed
arduna n.globe; world; life
Arduna-nehh-na!Life is good!
are kaar a-ree kaarstop (bus)
aréén j, aaréengroundnut, peanut
arete v.to stop
arfehre n.affair; business
arga v.arrive
argne n.lunch
ariste v.to record
arjana n. (Ar.)heaven, paradise
arjor adj.polite
arjuma n. (Ar.)Friday
ark conj.and; also; with
arla n.forest, jungle
arlahrba n.Wednesday
armeel w, armel (Ar.)cemetary
armeh v.possess, have
armell v.owe
armin interj.amen
armoor b (Fr.)cupboard (French: armoire)
armooth v.lack
arnawhere is
arna … ?where is/are … ?
Arna … be?Where is the … ?
Arna essancesehre be?Where is the nearest gas station?
Arna gaych-bu-mac be?Where is the beach?
Arna lorpetarn be?Where is the hospital?
Arna mahrseh be?Where is the market?
Arna pharmacy be?Where is the pharmacy?
Arna policeye?Where are the police?
Arna telephone be?Where is the telephone?
Arna wanackye?Where are the toilets/bathrooms?
arnda v.accompany
arndandohre n.companion
arne n.the strap under the horse
arngaleh n.English
arñia suffix indicating inversion, often indicating sudden or violent action as in ‘snatching away’
arnyane adj.envious
arpal v.allow
arsaman n.sky; cloud
arset n.plate
artehto judge
arteh v.settle
artehkat n.judge
arterlay n.workshop
artuto warn
aryeah v.deprive
asa diminutive form of the indefinite article
asto scoop up, bail out (a canoe, etc.)
as ndoxa small amount of water
asaka j (Ar.)charity, alms
asamaan s (Ar.)sky
asaman n.sky
Asan (Ar.)a man’s name
asansëër a-san-suuhrelevator
asansu woyaas a-saan-su wo-yaastravel agency
aseer j/aset jSaturday
aset bi setutthe plate is not clean
aset n.plate; Saturday
aset/aseet b (Fr.)plate (French: assiette)
asiraans a-si-raansinsurance
askan w n. (Ar.)lineage, origin; tribe
askan wi n.the society
asma as-maasthma
aspiriin as-pee-reenaspirin
astafurlaa n. (Ar.)an exclamation of astonishment. “May God forgive”, “God help us”.
asterather than
ata suffix indicating intensity
at mi n.year
ataaya bi safutthe tea is not tasty
ataaya n.tea party, China green tea
ataliyé b (Fr.)workshop (French: atelier)
ataliye n.workshop
atan v.to be able to carry, to be able to lift
atia suffix indicating ‘again’, ‘still’
att n.age; year
attaaya j (Ar.)tea (e.g. ‘Gunpowder tea’ served Mauritanian style)
attanto be able to carry (a load), be capable of
àttaya at-tai-yaSenegalese tea
atteto judge
atte bjudgment
atte Yalla lait is the judgment of God; it is fate
attekaay btribunal; courthouse
attekat bthe judge
atusuffix indicating ‘no longer’
atulsuffix indicating ‘no longer’
au revoir/salut (Fr.)goodbye
aubergein France it’s a hostel, but in West Africa it’s used (occasionally) to mean any small hotel
auberge bi oh-beyrs beeguesthouse
auberge de jeunesse (Fr.) oh-beyrs duh juh-nesyouth hostel
awform of the indefinite article
awnegative of ‘am’
awto follow along (a path, etc.), go by
aw fasa horse
aw ma guruI have no kola
aw v.to take place, to replace work of someone, to pass through
aw yoon am(he) goes on his way
awawell then
Awa (Ar.)Eve (a woman’s name)
awa n.to relieve (allow each other resting time)
awa, ñu demwell then, let’s go
awal yoon wifollow the path
awans v.to make a payment, to go further
awiyon a-wee-yongplane
awmaI don’t have
Awma dorm.I don’t have any children.
awokaa a-who-kaalawyer
awokaa n. (Fr.)lawyer
axexclamation of pity
axaanahaa (exclamation)
axi v.to arrive (here), reach, pin for watch
ayto be spoilt
ay adj.some trouble
ay ga turn (as in ‘wait for your turn’)
ay gaalsome canoes
ay nitsome people
ay u bes ga week
ay v.some
ay wquarrel, fight
ay yéfsome things
ay yérésome garments
Aydaa woman’s name
ayeto be the turn of
aye n.to take one’s rotation of a job
aye v.to on duties
ayon (E.)iron (e.g. in medicine)
ayropoor ai-roh-powrairport
Aysaa woman’s name
Aysatua woman’s name
ayubés ga week
aywa/awaan exclamation of encouragement

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