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Learn Luganda online for visitors and tourists

Our Msafiri tours site is designed to teach you and help you learn Luganda online for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar. You can actually Learn Luganda online very quickly and easily before you travel to Uganda through our lessons because we teach you only what you need to learn. We think that people can learn better when they’re presented with simple words that they’re likely to use daily.

About Luganda

Most native speakers of Luganda, or Ganda, are found in the central region of Uganda called Buganda. Luganda is spoken by about 4,000,000 people. It is spoken as a second language elsewhere in the country and is actually the most widely spoken of Uganda’s over 40 languages.

Fun facts  about Luganda

The greetings ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon’ are actually questions in Luganda: ‘wasuze otya?’ and ‘osiibye otya?’ mean ‘how was your night?’ and ‘how was your day?’ respectively.

The name of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, means ‘hills of the impala’.

In Luganda, the day doesn’t start at midnight like in English, but at dawn. What English-speakers would call seven o’clock is therefore one o’clock in Luganda, as it’s the first hour of their day, while the English eight o’clock is the Luganda two o’clock – the second hour of the day.

Luganda or Oluganda, is the major language of Uganda, spoken by about seven million people in the Buganda region and about ten million others in the central and Southern parts of  Uganda. Luganda is a Bantu branch of the languages family and is widely spoken in most towns and in Uganda’s capital city Kampala. It is good to learn Luganda words you can use on your tour the local people love hearing visitors attempt to speak it.

These are the respectful forms of address in Luganda,  and they go after your greetings and other questions.

Sir…..Ssebo          Madam…..Nnyabo

Mr…..Mwami      Mrs…..Mukyala

Greetings:

Good morning: Wasuze otya
Good afternoon:  Osiibye otya
Good evening:  Osiibye otya
Hi:  Ki kati
How are you?   Oli otya?
I am fine:  Gyendi
Have a nice day:  Siiba bulungi
Good night: Sula bulungi
Good bye (singular): Weeraba
Goodbye (plural): Mweraba
Welcome (singlular):  Tusanyuse Okukulaba
Welcome (plural):  Tusanyuse okubalaba
See you later: Tunaalabagana
Please:  Mwattu
Thank you (singular):  Weebale
Thank you (plural):  Mweebale
You are welcome: Kale
What did you say? Ogambye ki?
I’m sorry (apology):  Nsonyiwa

Age:

How old are you? Olina emyaka emeka?
I am: Nina
18 years old:  Emyaka kumi na munana
20 years old: Emyaka abiri
What is your name: Erinnya lyo ggwe ani?
My name is: Erinnya lyange nze

Family:

Mother: Maama wange
Father: Taata wange
Wife: Mukyala wange
Husband: Mwami wange
Child: Mwana wange
Nephew/Niece: Mwana wange
Grandchild: Muzzukulu wange
Son: Mutabani wange
Daughter: Muwala wange
Older brother/sister: Mukulu wange
Younger brother/sister: Muto wange
Sibling (same sex): Muganda wange
Sibling (opposite sex): Mwannyinaze
Aunt (paternal): Ssenga wange
Aunt (maternal): Maama wange omuto
Uncle (paternal): Taata wange omuto
Uncle (maternal): Kojja wange
Grandparent: Jjajja wange

Short sentences:


Be careful: Wegendereze!
Help me:  Nnyamba
It is possible: Kisoboka
It is not possible: Tekisoboka
Listen Wuliriza!
I am ready: Nneetegese
Slow down: Genda mpola!
Hurry Yanguwa!
Come here: Jangu wano
Go away:  Genda eri!
I forgot: Neerabidde
It is important: Kikulu
It is not important: Si kikulu
What is the time: Saawa mmeka?
Where are you going: Ogenda wa?
What is this called: Kino kiyitibwa kitya?
What is that: Ekyo kiki?
Can I take a photo:  Nsobola okukuba ekifananyi?
Can I take a photo:  Ekyo nsobola okukikuba ekifananyi?
It doesn’t matter: Tofaayo

Work and Occupations:

Accountant:  Ndi Mubazi wa bitabo
Actor/Actress: Ndi Munnakatemba
Architect: Ndi Muzimbi
Business person: Ndi Musuubuzi
Carpenter: Ndi Mubazzi
Clerk: Ndi Kalaani
Doctor: Ndi Musawo
Driver: Ndi Dereeva
Engineer: Ndi Yinginiya
Farmer: Ndi Mulimi
Journalist: Ndi Munnamawulire
Lawyer: Ndi Looya or Puliida or Munnamateeka
Mechanic: Ndi Makanika
Musician: Ndi Muyimbi
Nurse: Ndi Nansi  or Mujjanjabi
Civil Servant: Ndi Mukozi wa gavumenti
Scientist: Ndi Munnasaayansi
Secretary: Ndi Sekulitale or Muwandiisi
Student: Ndi Muyizi
Teacher: Ndi Musomesa
Volunteer:  Ndi Nnakyewa
Self Employed: Ndi Neekolera gyange
Unemployed:  Sirina mulimu

Countries:

I am from:  Nva  …
Belgium:  Bubirigi
Canada:  Kanada
Egypt:  Misiri
England:  Bungereza
Europe:  Bulaaya
France:  Bufalansa
Germany:  Budaaki
India:  Buyindi
Italy:  Yitale
Japan:  Japaani
Kenya:  Kenya
Sweden:  Swideni
Tanzania:  Tanzaniya
USA:  Amerika

Nationalities:

I am a/an:  Ndi …
American:  Mumerika
Arab:  Muwalabu
Belgian:  Mubirigi
British:  Mungereza
Canadian:  Mukanada
Egyptian:  Mumisiri
Finnish:  Mufiini
French:  Mufalansa
German: Mudaaki
Greek:  Muyonaani
Indian:  Muyindi
Italian:  Muyitale
Japanese: Mujapaani
Kenyan:  Munnakenya
Sudanese: Musudani
Swedish:  Muswidi
Tanzanian:  Mutanzaniya
Foreigner:  Mugwiira, Munnamawanga

Emotions and feelings:

I am…
Angry:  Ndi munyiivu
Cold:  Mpulira empewo
Determined:  Ndi mumalirivu
Full: Ndi mukkufu
Happy:  Ndi musanyufu
Hot:   Mpulira ebbugumu
Hungry:  Enjala ennuma
Sad:  Ndi munakuwavu
Scared:  Ntidde
Sick:  Ndi mulwadde
Thirsty:  Ennyonta ennuma
Tired:  Nkooye
Worried:  Ndi mweraliikirivu

Numbers

This is a simple guide to numbers in Luganda which may help when dealing with Uganda currency.

1 …..Emu       10….Kumi      100…..Kikumi    1,000…..Lukumi            10,000….. Mutwalo gumu

2…..Bbiri       20….Abiri     200…..Bibiri         2,000…..Nkumi biri      20,000…..Mitwalyo ebiri

3…..Ssatu     30….Asatu     300…..Bisatu       3,000…..Nkumi satu     30,000…..Mitwalyo esatu

4…..Nnya    40….Ana         400…..Bina           4,000…..Nkumi na        40,000…..Mitwalo ena

5…..Ttano    50….Atano    500…..Bitano       5,000…..Nkumi tano     50,000…..Mitwalo etano

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