Wolof/Mandinka Dictionary: Possessive pronouns

My, your, our… Gambia. This is what we feel and want you to feel it too. There is no better way of doing it than by learning personal and possessive pronouns in two of the major languages spoken in The Gambia.

Personal pronouns

WOLLOF

Man
Yaw
Yeén
Moom
Nyoom
Nyun

ENGLISH


I, me
You (s)
You (Plural)
He/him, she/it
They, them
We

The third person singular is one = (she, he, it = moom)

MANDINKA

N'té
I'té
A'l
A'té
I'e
N'tél



ENGLISH

I, me
You (s)
You (Plural)
He/him,she/it
They, them
We
The third person singular is one = (she, he, it = a’te).

Possessive pronouns

WOLLOF

Suma
sa
-am
sunj
seén
seén


ENGLISH

My, mine
Your (s)
His/hers
our
your (p)
theirs

MANDINKA

n'na
e'la
a'la
na
al'la
i'la


ENGLISH

My, mine
Your (s)
His/her
our
your (p)
theirs
In Wollof, just like in English, the singular and plural look alike. In English, you add (s) after the noun to make the plural, while in the singular you don’t add anything. In Wollof, you also add (bi) to make singular and (yi) to make the plural.

Also in Mandinka, you add (o) to make singular and (ol) or (l) to make the plural.

Singular

WOLLOF

Suma pen bi
Suma book bi
Book-am bi
Sa pen bi
Sunj book bi



ENGLISH

My pen
My book
His/her book
your (s) pen
our book

MANDINKA

n'na pen o
n'na book o
e'la pen o
a'la book o
na book o




ENGLISH

My pen
My book
Your pen
His/her book
our book

Plural

WOLLOF

Suma pen yi
Suma book yi
Sa pen yi
Book-am yi
Seén pen yi
Sunj book yi



ENGLISH

My pens
My books
Your pens
His/her books
your (p) pens
our book

MANDINKA

n'na pen ol
n'na book ol
e'la pen ol
a'la book ol
a'la pen ol
na book ol



ENGLISH

My pens
My books
Your pens
His/her books
Your ((p) pens
our book
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