Useful phrases in Acholi

A collection of useful phrases in Acholi (Lwo), a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in northern Uganda and southern Sudan.

Jump to phrases

See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

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

Phrase Lwo (Acholi)
Welcome Apwoyo bino (sg)
Wapwoyo binowu (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Itye nining? (frm)
Nining? (inf)
Hello (on phone) Itye?
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 Otero kare ma pe aneni
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)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ibutu maber? (Did you spend the night well?)
Abutu maber (I spent it well - reply)
Icoo maber
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Irii nining? (Did you spend the day well?)
Arii maber (I spent it well - reply)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Otyeno tero wu maber
Good night Obut maber
(Parting phrases)
Wot maber (sg)
Wuwot maber (pl)
Pwod wanen (See you)
Wanen lacen (See you later)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Yot kom!
Jojok mamalo!
Have a nice day Obed maber
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Wot maber
Yes Eyo
No Pe
Maybe Romo twere
I don't know Pe angeyo
I understand Aniang
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? I lolo leb Acholi?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Eyo, aloko leb lwo matidi
(no problem)
Speak to me in Acholi Lok ki an i leb Acholi
How do you say ... in Acholi? I waco ni ngo ileb ...?
Excuse me Tima kica
Ngo? (Pardon?)
I waci ngo? (Pardon?)
How much is this? Man wel ne adi?
Ca ni adi?
Sorry Tima kica
Please Yom cwinya
Thank you Apwoyo
Reply to thank you Ayela pee
Ayela peke
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Ot me yoke tye kwene?
Ot me yoke tye ot lwok?
This gentleman will pay for everything Laco eni colo jemi weng
This lady will pay for everything Anyaka eni culu pi jemi duc
Would you like to dance with me? I mito myel kweda?
Do you come here often? Ibino kany kare ducu
I miss you Apari
I love you Amari
Get well soon Cang oyot (heal fast)
Go away! Cit cen!
Leave me alone! Weka mot!
Help! Konya!
Fire! Mac!
Stop! Oromo!
Call the police! Lwong abilli!
Christmas greetings Mot karama
New Year greetings Iga Manyien
Mot me tum
Kato mwaka
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Ni poo pi nino me nywali
One language is never enough Leb acel peromo
My hovercraft is full of eels

Some phrases provided by Henry Okot

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about Acholi | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Other collections of Acholi phrases Language Manual une 2009.pdf languages and phrases at anyadwe.html

Phrases in other languages


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


The Fastest Way to Learn Korean with KoreanClass101

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)