Wolof/Mandinka Dictionary: Him / Her

There is no direct translation to differentiate »he« or »she« in Wollof. So, if you think the person doesn’t understand what you are talking about (male or female) then you can clarify it by adding bu góor or bu jigéen. In many cases, the person will know the sex when the name is mentioned except in cases where the name is unisex (male and female). Names like Adama can be male or female. In that case, you add Bu góor = The male, or Bu Jigéen = The female. 

This also applies to Mandinka. You can use Kaay or Musu ma, the male and female respectively to clarify the gender you are referring to. 

WOLLOF

Na nga def?
Jama rek.

Naka nga tudda?
Maa ngi tudda Ebou.

Fan nga Jógée?
Man ngi Jógée Africa.

Kañ nga ñow fii?
Ñaari bés-yu-aay ci ganaaw.

Luttax nga ñow fii?
Pur dékka ak suma Jékkër/Jabar.

(Ndaax) Moom Gambian la?
Déedéet, du Gambian,
America la.
Waw, Gambian la.




ENGLISH

How are you or how do you do?
I am (just) fine.

What is your name?
My name is Ebou.

Where are you from?
I am from Africa.

When did you come here?
Two weeks ago.

Why do you come here?
To live with my husband/wife.

Is he/she a Gambian?
No, he/she is not Gambian.
He/she is American.
Yes, he/she is a Gambian.

MANDINKA

Ebé ñaadi?
Tanan té.

Eto Du?
Ntomu Ebou.

Ebota ming?
Nte bota Africa.

Enata Jang Wati jama?
Be ring lokung fula komo?

Mun neh e nati Jang?
Na ta nkéma/na muso lé yaa.

(Foo) a té mung Gambiano létee?
haanee, a mang ké Gambiano te.
Americano lé mu.
Haa, Gambiano léem.



ENGLISH

How are you or how do you do?
I am (just) fine.

What is your name?
My name is Ebou.

Where are you from?
I am from Africa.

When did you come here?
Two weeks ago.

Why do you come here?
To live with my husband/wife.

Is he/she a Gambian?
No, he/she is not Gambian.
He/she is American.
Yes, he/she is a Gambian.

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