Useful phrases in Bamum

A collection of useful phrases in Bamum (Shü Pamom), an a Southern Bantoid language spoken in Cameroon.

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Phrase Shü Pamom (Bamum)
Welcome Poket pe zee kut ("Watch your steps!")
Hello (General greeting) Me sha’ashe ("I greet (you)")
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Pa sa’a ne?
Reply to 'How are you?' Pokeri
Mba pokeri
Long time no see A saa fe’e (It has been a while)
What's your name? Li shu po kue?
My name is ... Li sha pa ...
Where are you from? U lo’o ya?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Ayue
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Pe yuem me? ("Did you wake up (well)?")
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Poket ndutnguon
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Poket shu’u
Good night Poket shu’u
(Parting phrases)
Pwo shi’a famju (See you tomorrow)
Good luck! Lupap lupap
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
A lum me shuru!
Have a nice day Poket lenju
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
A lum me shuru!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Poket nyi!
Lupap lupap!
Yes Hmhm
No Mbey
Maybe Moh mbe
I don't know Maa njia
Do you understand? U yu’uh ne?
I understand Me yu’uh
I don't understand Maa njuh-a
Please speak more slowly Pe shiket mejet mejet
Please say that again Peshe
Please write it down Tuete mfa ne ma (Write and hand it to me)
Do you speak English? U yi shu ngerisi?
Do you speak Bamum? U yi shu shüpamom?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Hmhm, meyet
Do you speak a language
other than
U shiket mo’o shiket nja'ah shu shüpamom?
Speak to me in Bamum Shiket ne ma me shu shüpamom?
How do you say ... in Bamum? Pe nzie me kwo me shu shüpamom?
Excuse me U ya?
How much is this? A mbe sue?
Sorry Tuem
Please Me kwat mbuo
Thank you Nyinyi fa kee
Reply to thank you Ayue
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Yemme po ya?
Lih suu nwat po ya?
This gentleman will pay for everything Momba yi na two pe nguyum menten
This lady will pay for everything Mombgie yi na two pe nguyum meten
Would you like to dance with me? A fe u pinpin po ma
Do you come here often?
I miss you Ta liine
I love you Me naa ngu nyu
Get well soon Nyinyi luere ya (May god give you a speedy recovery)
Go away! Lo’o nya you!
Leave me alone! Ta’a manje-a nyeret!
Help! Gha-ma!
Fire! Hey mu!
Stop! Tenne!
Call the police! Fu gha ken!
Christmas greetings Poket kerisimet
New Year greetings Poket lum mfe
Birthday greetings Poket mvut
Congratulations! Lupap lupap!
One language is never enough Ndi shiket ma njetne-i
My hovercraft is full of eels Nsha yaam te kukwom machi sha

Phrases provided by Charles Riley, courtesy of Dr. Abdoulaye Laziz Nchare

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