Travel Vocabulary III

See Travel Vocabulary II

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Here are a few things that you may come across if traveling to Senegal or the Gambia.

auberge – hostel or small hotel

balafon – wooden xylophone typically played by griots

calèche – horse-drawn cart used to carry goods and people, particularly in the rural regions of Senegal

dibiterie – grilled-meat stall

fête – festival (Senegal)

gargotte – basic eating house or stall (Senegal)

IMF – International Monetary Fund

kora – 21-string harp-lute

maison de passage – very basic place to sleep, often near bus stations; with a bed or mat on the floor and little else, and nearly always doubling as a brothel; also called chambres de passage

Ndiaga Ndiaye – white Mercedes bus, used as public transport; also called alham (Senegal)

pagne – length of cloth worn around the waist as a skirt (Senegal)

quartier – area

sabar – tall, thin, hourglass drum

taxi-brousse – bush taxi (Senegal)

village artisanal – craft market (Senegal)

zouk – style of music, originally from Guadeloupe, that mixes African and Latin-American rhythms

Thanks to Lonely Planet’s The Gambia & Senegal; 3rd Edition.

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5 responses to “Travel Vocabulary III

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  3. Hey,

    Do you know more words to wolof to english?

    I will be very happy, if i get to know what these words means:
    -Awamu ya mashua
    -Nyota ya Afrika
    -Kempingi
    -Maelekozo
    -Kazi za nokono
    -Saprazi
    -Wana ziara wa skutu

    Are these words wolof language or some other?

    Thanks

    Minttu

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