Learning Tonga

Tonga is the language spoken in Nsongwe Village, I will post the words that I learn on this page!

Days of the week
Monday – Monday
Tuesday – Wabili
Wednesday – Watatoo
Thursday – Wane ( one – eh)
Friday – Wasanu
Saturday – Mugibelo
Sunday – Monsoonda

There’s this tree that looks like it has crocodile spikes on it, it’s called a choba tree

Mukua or muzungu – white people
It’s really funny because as we drive through the village all the children yell mukua mukua as we pass them.

Greetings:

Morning – Mabokabuti

Afternoon – Myosabuti

Evening – Kwasiabuti

What’s up (morning) – Mabuka

What’s up (evening) – Kamumba

****All of these can be responded with Kaboat (good)*****

We are done – twamana
Twister – kamezi
Cow – ngombe
Dog – mugwa
Ground nuts – endongo
Cooking – kujika
Pounding ( as in pounding ground nuts) – kutwa
Goat – pongo
Guinea Fowl – enkanga
Elephant – enzavu
Ostrich – impea
Zebra – nbizi
Lion – mlav
Crocodile – ntali
Giraffe – ndudwa
Rhino – chipenbwaleh
Baby – mwana

I want to eat ____ – Ndilandakulia _____

Atwende – Let’s go

Kudolopo – town

Mwana – children

Nedewenezena ____ – Can I take______

Vuniga – cover (“Cover that pot”)

Maningi – very much

Kapati – Very much

Twalumba – We thank you

Ndalumba – I thank you

Koviga – put (“put that there”)

Twa ____ – We _______

Nda______ – I____

Tandezi – I don’t know

Sanvwede – I don’t understand

Kogopa – stir

Kovwana – Mix

Yamanachito – the job is done

Mulilo – fire

Mulilo mupati – big fire

Watambula – you are welcome

Mungo – a cooking stick

Mupika – pot

Mutiba – plate

Mulongo – river

Kulya -eat

Manza – hands

Manzi – water

maulu – legs

mutwe – head

chikochikala – ox cart

ingalube – pig

jsam – tree

zubwa – sun

mwezi – moon

nyimbo – music

kuziana – dancing

Hippo – nvuvu

Hungry – nzala

Kutonotola – cold

Koopia – hot

Sibbuku – head man

Balumi – Men

Bakantu – Women

Wortala – Corncrib

mlele – sheep

nguzu – energy

jada -touch

wasamba – shower

kwasha – washing

ndekoogwasia – can I help you?

fwambana – be fast

gwabola – coming

ndaboal – I am coming

ndakomana – I am happy

kukanga – frying

ndewenizina – What is your name?

ndeme____ – My name is_____

Kondipa ____ – Give me ______

dikope ___ – Can I give you____?

Mwende Kaboat – Safe journey

twainka – We are going

ziagamubili – body buidling

zikwavililamubili – protective

mubulu – welcome back

chiboat – it is good

junsa – tomorrow

chimbwali – sweet potato

buntele – pounded ground nuts

chisyuchabutele – ground nut relish

ndongo – groundnuts

npongo – goats

namunya – watermelon

impwa – african eggplant

maila – sorghum

nsimbe – finger mellet

musozya – samp

Kalembla – sweet potato leaves

malangazula – sunflower leaves

poosi – pumpkin

chipoosi – pumpkin leaves

bunyangu – cow peasd

nsui – fish

mijelo – fruit

trabonana – see you

mwabele kaboat – How have you worked?

Ulamiyaka yungeye – How old are you?

eeway!  – You!

nkuku – chicken

seka – smile

nkoolebuti? – how far?

Wagakodelamooni – What grade are you in?

Morabwanabongaye – How many children do you have?

waswakooli? – Where are you from?

ndawaku____ – I am from ______

ulikuli _____ – Where is____?

ma? – What?

nchinka – bike

nyama – meat

muyama – animal

musinza – sauce

odi?  – knock knock? excuse me?

twasika – we have arrived

nbuligut – like

chipati – big

kanini – small

One thought on “Learning Tonga

  1. Clembo says:

    Check your words one by one again. Some of those words do not exist in tonga. Some are also miss spelled. I am also learning tonga, i leave with them now _ 4year staying with them.

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