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Useful phrases in Wolof

A collection of useful phrases in Wolof, a Niger-Congo language spoken mainly in Senegal.

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English Wolof
Welcome Merhbe
Hello Na nga def (sg)
Na ngeen def (pl)
Salaam aleekum
How are you?

Fine thanks, and you?
Jaam nga am? (Have you peace?)
Na nga def?
Jaam rek (Peace only) Yow nag? (and you?)
Mangi fi rekk, na nga def?
Long time no see Gej na la giis
What's your name?

My name is ...
Naka-nga sant?
Na nga tudd?
Noo tudd?
Maa ngi tudd ...
... laa tudd
Where are you from?

I'm from ...
Fan nga joge? (sg)
Fan ngeen joge? (pl)
Maa ngi joge ...
... laa joge
Pleased to meet you  
Good morning Jaam nga fanane
Good afternoon Jamm nga yendoo
Good evening Naka ngon si
Goodbye Ba beneen / Mangi dem
Good luck  
Cheers/Good health!  
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit  
Bon voyage  
Do you understand? Dégg nga?
I understand Dégg naa
I don't understand Dégguma
I don't know  
Please speak more slowly Ndax mën nga wax ndànk su la neexee?
Please say that again Ndax mën nga ko waxaat su la neexee?
Please write it down Ndax mën nga ko bind su la neexee?
Do you speak English? Ndax dégg nga angale?
Do you speak Wolof?
Yes, I speak a little Wolof
Deg nga Wolof?
Wau, degg naa tuuti Wolof
How do you say ... in Wolof?  
Excuse me Baal ma!
How much is this? Ñaata lay jar?
Sorry Baal ma
Please La neexee
Thank you
Agsil (sg) Agsileen ak jaam (pl)
Where's the toilet? Ana wanaag wi?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? Buga nga fecc?
I miss you Namm naa la
I love you Begg naa la (general)
Sopp naa la (I admire you - when courting)
Nopp naa la (between partners)
Get well soon  
Go away! Deemal!
Deemal waay!
Leave me alone! Bayyi ma! May ma jaam!
Help! Wóoy!
Stop! Taxawal!
Call the police! Wooyal ma alkaati!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Happy Easter  
Happy Birthday  
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

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