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Easy Luganda language

Filed in Uganda by on April 25, 2012 2 Comments

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Do you want to learn Luganda?

On these pages you have information to learn Luganda, one of the languages of Uganda.

Luganda is spoken all around the country and is the official language of Uganda.

Vowels – enjogeza

  • A – a is in Ant
  • E – e as in Elgon
  • I – i as in Ink
  • O – o as in Oval
  • U – u as in Uniform

Consonants – ensirifu

You need all consonants of the alphabet and it is a matter of adding the consonant to the vowel and then pronounce the word e.g. Maama. If you have two similiar vowels following each other e.g. (aa) as in (Taata) then there will be prolonged pronunciation: Siika (fry) is pronounced differently from Sika (pull).

A wrong pronunciation will give a different meaning. In Luganda letter r is pronounced as the English letter L e.g. Tulibara is pronounced as Tulilaba, and e.g. Ekirabo is also pronounced as Ekilabo.

Video of Learning Luganda Vocabulary

Video of Learning Luganda and lots of words to improve Vocabulary knowledge.

Common questions beginning and pronouns – obugambo obubuuza ne nakasigirwa

  • Ani? – who
  • Awo – there
  • Ntya – how
  • Ndi – I am
  • Ali – he is
  • Alina – he / she is
  • Lwaki? – why?
  • Balina – they are
  • Enkya – tomorrow
  • Leera – today

Where? Which? – wa? kiki?

  • Kiki – which?
  • Wa? – where?
  • Ddi? – when?
  • Kki – what
  • Lwaki – why?
  • Ekyo – that
  • Awo – there
  • Ono – this person
  • Oyo – that person
  • Kino – this
  • Kiri – that
  • Biri – those
  • Oli – him / her
  • Bali – those
  • Buli – those (small)
  • Wano – here
  • Wali – there

People at home – ab’awaka

  • Maama – mother
  • Omwana – baby
  • Taata – father
  • Muwala – girl
  • Kojja – uncle
  • Ssenga – aunt
  • Omulenzi – boy
  • Kizibew – cousin
  • Jjajja – grandparent
  • Muganda wo omulenzi – brother
  • Muganda wo omuwala – sister
  • Muganda wange omulenzi – my brother
  • Muganda wange omuwala – my sister
  • Mwana wa muganda wange – niece
  • Jjajja omukazi – grandmother
  • Mulamu omusajja – brother-in-law
  • Mulamu omukazi – sister-in-law
  • Sezaala – father-in-law
  • Nyazaala – mother-in-law
  • Ssenga – aunt
  • Kojja – uncle