Useful phrases in Chokwe

A collection of useful phrases in Chokwe (Wuchokwe), a Bantu language spoken in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

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Phrase Wuchokwe (Chokwe)
Hello (General greeting) Kuchi
Mwane (reply)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Nuahinduka? (How are you?)
Kuchi nuli? (What's up?)
Kanawa? (You good?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Nguli kanawa (I'm okay)
Nguli kwami kanawa (I'm great)
Hamwe ha kehe (I'm so so)
Chishi kwanawa (I'm not good)
Long time no see
What's your name? Ungweji upema
My name is ... Jina liami ...
Yami ...
Where are you from? Kuli wa twama?
I'm from ... Yami nathuama mu ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Chimene chipema
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Chingoloshi chipema
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ufuku upema
Good night Ufuku upema
(Parting phrases)
Salenu kanawa (goodbye)
Ndo shimbu yikehe (See you)
Ndo shimbu yikwo (See you later)
Ndo hamene (See you tomorrow)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Tangwa lipema
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ungweji upema
Yes Mba
No Kaa
Maybe Haji
I don't know Chanyingikele
Do you understand? Wevwa ko?
Unevu ko?
I understand Nevwa ko
I don't understand
Please speak more slowly Hajikenu hake ake?
Please say that again Hilukilenuho nawa?
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Wakuhaji Inglês?
Do you speak Chokwe? Wakuhaji Ucôkwe?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak a language
other than
Speak to me in Chokwe
How do you say ... in Chokwe?
Excuse me
How much is this? Chingahi wunalanjisa?
Thank you
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 Yami nakukuzanga
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Txiseke muli yena ha mwaka wa takanisa!
Congratulations! Waissamba!
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels

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