Wolof/Mandinka Dictionary: WH- QUESTIONS

You often can find yourself in a situation where you want to ask something, but a person you speak to cannot understand or speak English well. This is why this month, we will go through the most common interrogative pronouns and questions you might want to ask.

Pronouns

WOLLOF

Ban
Naka
Ñaata
Fan
Lan
Kan
Kañ
Lutax
Yan


ENGLISH


Which
How
How much
Where
What
Who
When
Why
Which ones

MANDINKA

Jumma
Nyadi
Jélu
Mun tu
Mung
Jumma
mun tuma
Muna tina
Jummalé kiling mu





ENGLISH

Which
How
How much
Where
What
Who
When
Why
Which ones


Learn to form a sentence with pronouns.

WOLLOF

Ban nga bugga?
Naka afeer yi?
Ñaata nga bugga?
Fan ngaa dem?
Lan nga bugga?.
Kan ngaa ut?
Kañ ngaa dem?.
Lutax nga def ko?
Yan nga moom?
Lan moo yi sa liggéey?
Man téggakat laa.
Damaa tégga xaalis ak orr/urus.
Man géwel laa.
Yow dawkat nga?
Dafaa play music.
Dañoo feccha fecchi wolof.
Yow ku baax nga.
Yow ku am xel nga.


ENGLISH


Which one do you want?
How are things?
How much do you want?
Where are you going?
What do you want?
Who are you looking for?
When are you going?
Why did you do it?
Which ones do you own?
What is your job?
I am a smith.
I work with/make silver and gold.
I am a griot.
You are a runner?
He/she plays music.
We/they are going to dance wolof dancing
You are a good person.
You are a sensible person.

MANDINKA

E’lafita jumma lé la?
Kuyol bé nyadi?
E’lafta jelula?
E’kata mun tu?
E’lafta muneh la?
E’ka jumma lé ñini ?
Mun tu ma lé I kataa?
Muna tina ya ké?
Jumma lé i tati?
Muneh i la dooku o ti?
M’mu ñiumo lé ti.
Nka sanno, ning kodi forro le dooku.
M’mu jalo lé ti.
E’mu boori la lé ti?
Akaa misiko lé play.
N’nkata Mandinka dong o lé ké.
E’mu moo bétoo lé ti.
E’mung hakili ma lé ti.


ENGLISH


Which one do you want?
How are things?
How much do you want?
Where are you going?
What do you want?
Who are you looking for?
When are you going?
Why did you do it?
Which ones do you own?
What is your job?
I am a smith.
I work with/make silver and gold.
I am a griot.
You are a runner?
He/she plays music.
We/they are going to dance wolof dancing
You are a good person.
You are a sensible person.
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