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Some helpful vocab for speaking Lugisu.

Mulembe

Hello

Now simili nabe

I'm very happy to see you.

Wan yala nabe

Thank you very much.

Wakhenyala

Thank you for your work or well done.

Oriena

How are you?

Bu lyi

I'm fine, and you?

Komahoa

What's new?

Komalyi

Not much thanks.

Casala

Nothing new, thanks.

Hocanis

What do you want?

Warulyi

Welcome back

Bahalanga barunanu

What is your name?

Hotsa wye

Where are you going?

Nowkohle

I'm coming back.

Obe mulyi

Goodbye

Inganga

Give me

Itsa nano

You come

Yehalowas

Sit down

Wangi

This is a respectful response when someone calls for you. It means I'm here.

Hakana hulia

Do you want to eat?

Wamalye bilyo

The food is finished.

Wekure (sometimes Nekure)

I'm satisfied or full.

Kamatore

Bananas

Bilyo-bilayi

Good food

Bilyo-bib

Bad food

Inanasi

Pineapple

Kamachi

Eggs (in Mbale they're amaggi)

Inzala

I'm hungry

How hotsa hulia bilyo

The food is ready

Mazungu

unfamiliar visitor or friend/white person

Mazalla

Friend

Hokena hokena

Do you want to sleep?

Holias

Why are you crying?

Imbawo

Cold - not fine

Komapesa kenga

How much does this cost?

6

Tsisesaba

10

Likhumi

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