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language of Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania

Wolof is the main language of Senegal, and is also spoken in Gambia and Mauritania.

Pronunciation guideEdit

Note-
Wolof is primarily an oral not written language, so written spellings may vary considerably.

VowelsEdit

ConsonantsEdit

hyrA

C-
is always pronounced "Ch" Words borrowed from French should use "S" instead of C but might not always be written that way.
R-
Should be rolled.
After a double consonant,
repeat the vowel preceding vowel sound slightly. For example, Tudd (to call oneself) sounds almost like "tuddu" and jamm (peace) sounds like "Jamma" with a very soft a / e muet (if you speak French, for reference) at the end.
Ng -
Difficult for a non-speaker to replicate. Focus on the "g" sound and if possible add the n to the end of the preceding word. For example, Fan nga joge? (Where to you come from) sounds more like Fann ga joge?

Common diphthongsEdit

goeses

Phrase listEdit

BasicsEdit

Hello. 
Salamalekum (This is Arabic) / Response: Malekum Salaam.
Hello. (informal
. ( Sa va)French
How are you? 
Na'nga def? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Mangi fi rekk. ( jama rek or I'm in peace)
Alhumdililay. 
Thanks be to God. (From Arabic.) May be used after 'jama rek' to express thanks.
What is your name? 
Nanga tudd?
My name is... 
Mangi tudd...
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please 
(S'il vous plait )
Thank you. 
Jere jef. ( )
You're welcome. 
ñoku boku. ( )
Yes. 
. (waaw )
No. 
. (de det )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (pardon )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (baal ma )
I'm sorry. 
. (maasa )
Goodbye 
Be benen yoon. ( Means see you next time, or a la prochaine in French )
See you very soon 
Leegi leegi.
See you later 
Ba ci kanam.
I'm going (informal
. (maangi dem)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [Man degguma ___ ])
Do you speak English? 
? ( Degg nga anglais?)
I speak some english 
 ? (Degg naa tutti tutti anglais)
Help! 
! ( dembalema)
Look out! 
! ( me hole)
How is the morning? 
Naka suba si?
How is the evening? 
Naka si ngom si?
Good night. 
Fanaanal ak jamm. Plural: Fanaaleen ak jamm. (NB: Slight "a" sound follows the double consonant.)
Good night (to sleep
. (bon nuit )French
I don't understand. 
. (je ne comprend pas )French (Degguma)
Where is... ? 
? ( Ana ...?)
Where are you from? 
( Fooy degga? ) or Fan nga joge?

ProblemsEdit

Small talkEdit

How is your work? 
Naka liggeye bi? ( )
How is your family? 
Naka wa kerr gi? ( ) or Ana wa ker ga?
My house (family) is fine (here). 
Nyung fi rekk.
How did you sleep? 
Nanga fananay?
White person 
Toubab ( )

NumbersEdit

  • 0=dara/nayn (DA-ra/nayn)
  • 1=benn (ben)
  • 2=naar (nyaar)
  • 3=nett (nyet)
  • 4=nent (nyent)
  • 5=juroom (JOO-room)
  • 6=juroom benn (JOO-room ben)
  • 7=juroom naar (JOO-room nyaar)
  • 8=juroom nett (JOO-room nyet)
  • 9=juroom nent (JOO-room nyent)
  • 10=fukk (fook)

===Time=== foor duckion

Clock timeEdit

DurationEdit

Monday - Altine Tuesday - Taalata Wednesday - Alarba Thursday - Alxames Friday - Ajjuma Saturday - Gaaw Sunday - Dibeer

MonthsEdit

Writing time and dateEdit

ColorsEdit

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

DirectionsEdit

TaxiEdit

LodgingEdit

MoneyEdit

How much is it? 
Ñaata la? ( )
What does it cost? 
Nyata? ( )

EatingEdit

Breakfast 
( Ndekki )
Lunch 
( An )
Dinner 
( Reer )

BarsEdit

ShoppingEdit

(Ci) Marse bi 
(at) the market
Ñaata la? 
How much is it?
____ francs 
____ CFA (NB: Numbers used for prices will usually be in French and in thousands with inflation.)
Waxale 
to bargain
Maangi waxale 
I bargain
Cher na (torop) 
It's (very) expensive (Used to try to haggle the price down)


DrivingEdit

AuthorityEdit

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