A collection of useful phrases in Sango (yângâ tî sängö), a Ngbandi-based croele spoken in the Central African Republic, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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||yângâ tî sängö (Sango)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Bara mo
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Töngana nye?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Mbï yeke sêngê (I'm fine)
Mbï duti nzoni (I'm fine)
Ye ake ape (Very good / not bad)
Nzoni (Very good / not bad)
|Long time no see||Aninga e wara tere ape!|
|What's your name?||Ïrï tî mo nye?|
|My name is ...||Irï tî mbï ...
Irï tî mbï a yeke ...
|Where are you from?||Ala londo na ndo wa?|
|I'm from ...||Mbi londo na ...|
|Pleased to meet you|
|Good night||Nzoni lakwi|
|Mbi zia mo
Na peko (See you later)
Na peko ma (See you soon)
Na kekereke (See you tomorrow)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Sango?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Sango?
|Speak to me in Sango|
|How do you say ... in Sango?|
|How much is this?|
|Sorry||Tî mawa na bê|
|Please||Mbi gbu gere ti mo|
|Reply to thank you||Sengue|
|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|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels|
Hear some phrases in Sango:
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
Information about Sango | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel
Other collections of Sango phrases
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