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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
(General greeting)
Na nga def (sg)
Na ngeen def (pl)
Salaam aleekum
How are you? Jaam nga am? (Have you peace?)
Na nga def?
Reply to 'How are you?' Jaam rek, Yow nag? (Peace only, and you?)
Mangi fi rekk, na nga def?
Long time no see Gej na la giis
What's your name? Naka-nga sant?
Na nga tudd?
Noo tudd?
My name is ... Maa ngi tudd ...
... laa tudd
Where are you from? Fan nga joge? (sg)
Fan ngeen joge? (pl)
I'm from ... Maa ngi joge ...
... laa joge
Pleased to meet you  
Morning greeting(s) Jaam nga fanane
Afternoon greeting(s) Jamm nga yendoo
Evening greeting(s) Naka ngon si
Parting phrase(s) Ba beneen
Mangi dem
Good luck  
Toasts used when drinking  
Have a nice day  
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
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? Deg nga Wolof?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
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 Jai-rruh-jef
Reply to thank you Agsil (sg)
Agsileen ak jaam (pl)
Where's the toilet? Ana wanaag wi?
This gentleman will pay for everything  
This 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!
Christmas and New Year greetings  
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings  
One language is never enough  
My hovercraft is full of eels
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