Useful phrases in Loma

A collection of useful phrases in the Guizima dialect of Loma (Löömàgòòi), a Southwestern Mande language spoken in northern Liberia.

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

Phrase Löömàgòòi (Loma)
Welcome E nitama
Hello (General greeting)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Va bhe su?
Reply to 'How are you?' Fa youn le su
Long time no see Kaiti gaze zighi ema
What's your name? Ye lasigi ghe ga bhe?
My name is ... Ne dasigi ghe ga ...
Where are you from? Ya wulo mine?
I'm from ... Ga wulo ...
Pleased to meet you Ku zu nevhe ga ge e woen
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
E nhungo
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ya na, wa na
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Ya na, wa na
Good night De gha subu
(Parting phrases)
De gha
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Lubho ga pago
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Yes Owoi
No Bha
Maybe Ghila va ze
I don't know Ge le koni
Do you understand? Ya ga ghaze?
I understand Ga ga ghaze
I don't understand Gele ga ghaze
Please speak more slowly Laa malei ga tawolo
Please say that again Bo wulu
Please write it down Sevhe
Do you speak English? Ya English goe wo?
Do you speak Loma? Ya loma goe wo?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Owoi, ga ta wolo
Do you speak a language
other than
Ya zii wo bhoni bo e wulo loma goe wulu?
Speak to me in Loma Lawolo po lomagoe ze
How do you say ... in Loma? Ya bo ghale ... loma goe ze?
Excuse me Mava ye
How much is this? Ni ghe ga wali lide?
Sorry E vhe vhe
Thank you E mama
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Kpaki gi ghe mine?
This gentleman will pay for everything Zunui ni ghe vha tepe gayaze
This lady will pay for everything Nhazanui ni ghe vha tepe geyaze
Would you like to dance with me? E nhoini de gha?
Do you come here often? Ya vha evhe via via?
I miss you E nhoi ghe so so
I love you Ge woini ga iye
Get well soon Ghede ghavu
Go away! Ma woza!
Leave me alone! Zena negila!
Help! Bhoma!
Fire! Nhabui!
Stop! Lo!
Call the police! Police ge lili!
Christmas greetings
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough Zi wo gila gele kula
My hovercraft is full of eels

Phrases provided by Balla Koevogui. Sent in by Charles L. Riley

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