Handy Phrase Guide: English to Wolof (Senegal)

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While French is the official language of Senegal, Wolof is the most spoken regional language, Free Translation Quote.with the Wolof people making up 43% of the populace.

This post will guide you to understanding the English meaning of many common Wolof phrases. Please share this with anybody you know that is planning to go to Senegal.

EmergencyTranslation
Help!Ndimbal!
I need your help.Soxla naa sa ndimbal.
Police!Takk-der!
Stop!Taxawal!
Watch out!Ndànk!
Go away!Demal!
Let me go!Bàyyil ma dem!
Where are we going?Fan la nuy dem?
I need a lawyer.Dama soxla layalkay.
Can I use your phone / computer?Ndax mën naa jëfandikoo sa telefon/ordinaatëer ?
Call the police /a doctor/ an ambulance!Woo takk-der bi/ab fajkat/ab àmbilãs
Stop! Thief!Taxawal! Sàcc!
Leave me alone.Bàyyi ma.
I’m hurt!Damaa gaañu!
I need a doctor.Dama soxla fajkat.
I’m sick.Damaa wopp.
I’ve been injured.Dañu maa gaañoon.
I’m lost.Damaa réer.
I lost my bag.Dama wacc sama saag.
I lost my wallet.Dama wacc sa gafa.

 

Small talkTranslation
HelloSalaamaalikum
Good afternoonNgoonu jàmm
How are you?Na nga def?
How old are you?Ñaata at nga am?
What do you do for a living?Looy liggéey?
What are your hobbies?Lu la gën a yittéel?
I am fineMaa ngi sant
I am sickDamaa wopp
My name is…Maa ngi tudd…
This is my friend / father / mother / son / daughterKii mooy sama xarit / bay / yaay / doom ju góor / doom ju jigéen
What is this / that?Lii / lee lan la?
I am pleased to meet youBég naa ci xame gi
I am _ years oldAm naa _years at
See you laterBa ci kanam
GoodbyeBa beneen
Good nightNu fanaan jàmm
Where is the restroom?Ana wanag wi?
I understand / I do not understandNànd naa/ Nàndu ma

 

EtiquetteTranslation
please (asking for something)Baal ma (wax ci mbir)
please (offering something)Baal ma (maye mbir)
May I have _?Ndax mën naa am _?
thank youJërëjëf
you’re welcomeNoo ko bokk
YesWaaw
NoDéedéet
excuse meJéggal ma
SorryJéggalu
WaitNégal

 

NumbersTranslation
OneBenn
TwoÑaar
ThreeÑett
FourÑeent
FiveJuróom
SixJuróom-benn
SevenJuróom-ñaar
EightJuróom-ñett
NineJuróom-ñeent
TenFukk
ElevenFukk ak benn
TwelveFukk  ak ñaar
ThirteenFukk ak ñett
FourteenFukk ak ñeent
FifteenFukk ak juróom
SixteenFukk ak juróom-benn
SeventeenFukk ak juróom-ñaar
EighteenFukk ak juróom-ñett
NineteenFukk ak juróom-ñeent
TwentyÑaar-fukk
ThirtyFanweer
FiftyÑeen -fukk
one hundredTéeméer
one thousandJunni
ten thousandFukki junni
one hundred thousandTéeméeri junni
one millionMilyo?

 

 

TimeTranslation
nowLéegi
laterCi kanam
beforeLaata
morningSuba
afternoonNgoon
eveningTeel
nightGuddi
one o’clockBenn waxtu
two o’clockÑaari waxtu
noonDigg bëccëg
midnightDig guddi
minute/sminit/yi
hour/sWaxtu/yi
day/sBis/yi
week/sAyu-bés/yi
month/sWeer/yi
year/sAt/yi
todayTey
tomorrowSuba
MondayAltine
TuesdayTalaata
WednesdayÀllarba
ThursdayAlxamis
FridayÀjjuma
SaturdayGaawu
SundayDibéer
JanuarySamwiye
FebruaryFewrie
MarchMars
AprilAwril
MayMee
JuneSiwe
JulySulet
AugustUt
SeptemberSàttumbar
OctoberOktoobar
NovemberNowàmbar
DecemberDesàmbar

 

ColorsTranslation
BlackÑuul
WhiteWeex
GrayDoom
RedXonk
BlueXall
YellowPuur
GreenNëtëx
OrangeSoraas
PurpleYolet
BrownSokolaa

 

BodyTranslation
HeadBopp
EyesBët
EarsNopp
NoseBakkan
MouthLàmmiñ
ArmTé?
LegTànk
HandLoxo
FeetDoxukaay
ChestDënn
SkinDer
MuscleSuux
BloodDereet

 

Questioning wordsTranslation
HowNan
WhatLan
WhenKañ
WhyLutax
WhoKan
WhereFan
how manyÑaata

 

Pronouns and adjectivesTranslation
goodBaax
badBon
bigRéy
smallTuuti
fastGaaw
slowYeex
lightWoyof
heavyDiis
lightLeer
darkLëndëm
loudËpp
quietTekk

 

FeelingsTranslation
hot / cold / warmTàng/sedd/tàng
painful / pleasantMetti / neex
comfortableNeex
I am happy / sadDamaa bég / géey
I am angryDamaa mer
I am tiredDamaa tàyyal
I am embarrassedDamaa jaxasoo
I agree / disagreeÀnd naa ci /  àndu ma ci
I like / dislike thisBëgg naa / bëggu ma lii
I am worried / concernedDamaa jaaxle / jittéel

 

MoneyTranslation
How much is this?Lumuy jar?
What is the cost?Luy njëg gi?
Where can I get money changed?Kañ lay jot ci xaalis bees weccee?
Do you accept credit card /Ndax nangu nga kàrtu kredit
moneyXaalis
currencyKoppar
cashXobbet
credit cardKàrtu kredi
bankBank
bank accountSàqu bank
automatic teller machine (ATM)Gab
travellers checkSegu tukki

 

TravelTranslation
Please take me to_Baal ma jélee ma to_?
Where can I find _?Fan laa mën a gisee _?
What is the address?Luy màkkaan bi?
Where can I rent a _?Fan laa mën a àbbee a_?
airport / airplaneAyrapoor/ abiyo?
PassportPaaspoor
StationTeeru
RestaurantsRestora?
guest houseKëru gan
Hostel
HotelOteel
bed & breakfastLal & ndekki
BarsBaar yi
charger – mobile / tablet / computerDuy – mobil / tablet /ordinaatëer
bike / train / bus / car / taxiWelo / otoraay / biis / kaar / taxi
ferry / yacht / boatBak/ yacht / bato
gas (petrol)Gaas (petrol)
What is the room number?Luy nimero néeg bi?
Which floor?Ban etaas
When is the next _?Kañ la bi bopp _?
How far is _?Nu _ soriwee?
NorthBëj-gànnaar
SouthBëj-saalum
EastPenku
WestSoowu

 

FoodTranslation
waterNdox
BreakfastNdekki
Lunch
DinnerReer
snack
meat / chicken / beef / pork / lambYapp/ginaar/yàppu nag/yàppu mbaam/xar
fishJén
vegetablesLujum
saladSalaat
drink / wine / beerNaan/sàngara/beer
beverageNaan
tea / coffeeAttaaya/kafe
I am hungry / thirsty / satisfiedDamaa xiif / mar / màndi
Table for one / two / three / family please.Taabalu kenn / ñaar /ñett /njaboot.
Please may I look at the menu?Ndax mën naa xool njël li?
I am vegetarian / vegan / I don’t eat meat.Way-lekk meñeef rekk laa/ way-bañ lekk lu bawoo ci jàpp/ duma lekk yapp
Kosher only / Halaal onlyKaseer rekk/Halal rekk
Cheers!Na rees ak jàmm!

 

ShoppingTranslation
When do you open / close?Kañ ngeen di ubbi / téj?
I will take it thank youDinaa ko jél jaajëf
I want it / I don’t want itBëgg naa ko/ bëggu ma ko
How much?Ñaata
toothbrushBroosu bëñ
soapSaabu
shampooSampoye
pain medicinePajum metit
towelSarbet
batteriesBatari
pens / paperBindukaay/këyit

 

 

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