Wolof/Mandinka Dictionary: Child

Asking about children. This is an important part of Gambian conversation since most of the times, you will be asked about your family or children. Family is a very important part of life in The Gambia, and even a simple morning greeting would not go without asking about how is someone's family.

NOTE: Dom in Wollof means children or a child. Sometimes you add ˝yi˝ when talking about more than one child in a conversation. Ding in Mandinka means a child as well. 

WOLLOF

Am nga dom?
Waaw, am naa.

Ñaata dom nga aam?
Ñaari, góor ak jigéen.

Ñaata at lañ am?
Ku góor ki am na fukki at. Jigéen bi am na juróom ñaar.

Nakala lañj tudda?
Jigéen ji Ndey la tudda. Góor ji Sheikh.

Ndax ñu ngee dem school?
Sheikh mu ngee dem, waay Ndey demul. (déedéet, demuñj)

Lutax Ndey demul?
Amu ma xaalis bu ma ko feyalée.

Ana ñu?
Ñu ngi nii. (ñu nga cha kër ga)

Jéréjëf, ma ngee dem.
Sa waala, nga nuyul ma njaboot gi.

Bax na di nañ ko déega. Nga nuyul ma xalé yi.
Di nañ ko déega.




ENGLISH

Do you have children?
Yes i have.

How many children do you have?
Two, a boy and a girl.

How old are they?
The boy is 10 years. The girl is 12 years.

What are their names?
The girls name is Ndey. The boy is Sheikh.

Are they going to school?
Sheikh is but Ndey is not. (No they are not going.)

Why doesn't Ndey go to school?
I don't have money to pay for her.

Where are they?
They are here. (They are at home.)

Thank you, I am going.
Welcome, my regards to the family.

Alright, I will. My regards to the kids.
I will extend it to them.

MANDINKA

Ding o bé bul?
Haa dé.

Ding Jel lé bé bulu?
Fula, kée ni musso.

Yé sanji jélu lé soto?
Kaam bandi o bé sanji tang. Sung kutu nding o bé sanji woroowulla.

Ito dung?
Musso nying tomu ndey lé ti. Kée nying Sheikh.

Eka taa Karang bung o to bang?
Sheikh kata lé baari Ndey man tar taakang. (Haani, e mang taa.)

Muna tinna Ndey bukataa?
Mang kodo soto pur ka jo a yé.

E lé?
E félen tii. (Ibé bé su o kono)

Abaaraka, nka taa lé.
Yée dim baayaa bé konto nyé.

Abée té yata, Iba moi la lé. Yée ding ding o lu kon to nyé.
Iba moi la lé.




ENGLISH

Do you have children?
Yes i have.

How many children do you have?
Two, a boy and a girl.

How old are they?
The boy is 10 years. The girl is 12 years.

What are their names?
The girls name is Ndey. The boy is Sheikh.

Are they going to school?
Sheikh is but Ndey is not. (No they are not going.)

Why doesn't Ndey go to school?
I don't have money to pay for her.

Where are they?
They are here. (They are at home.)

Thank you, I am going.
Welcome, my regards to the family.

Alright, I will. My regards to the kids.
I will extend it to them.

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