A collection of useful phrases in Acholi (Lwo), a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in northern Uganda and southern Sudan.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Welcome||Apwoyo bino (sg)
Apwoyo binowu (pl)
|Hello (General greeting)||Itye nining? (frm)
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Itye nining? (frm)
Atye maber? (Any news?) - inf
Wutye wunu maber? (How are you all?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Atye maber. Kono in? (frm)
Mapol pe (Nothing much) - reply to Atye maber?
|Long time no see|
|What's your name?||Nyingi anga?|
|My name is ...||Nyinga ...|
|Where are you from?||Iaa ki kwene?|
|I'm from ...||Aa ki i ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Iya yom me neni (I am happy to see you)|
|Ibutu maber? (Did you spend the night well?)
Abutu maber (I spent it well - reply)
|Irii nining? (Did you spend the day well?)
Arii maber (I spent it well - reply)
|Good night||But maber|
|Wot maber (sg)
Wuwot maber (pl)
Pwod wanen (See you)
Wanen lacen (See you later)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Kong maber|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand||Pe aniang|
|Please speak more slowly||Lok mot mot!|
|Please say that again||Itwero nwoyo meno?
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||I loko leb muno?|
|Do you speak Acholi?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Eyo, aloko leb lwo maditi|
|Speak to me in Acholi|
|How do you say ... in Acholi?||I waco ni ngo ileb ...?|
|Excuse me||Tima kica
I waci ngo? (Pardon?)
|How much is this?||Man wel ne adi?
Ca ni adi?
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you||Aheri|
|Get well soon|
|Go away!||Cet cen!|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Krismasi mkunjufu|
|New Year greetings||Iga Manyien|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
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Other collections of Acholi phrases
https://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps/acholi/Acholi Language Manual une 2009.pdf
http://home.btconnect.com/anyadwechildrensandfamilywelfareassociation.com/luo languages and phrases at anyadwe.html
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