Quick Reference

Girl holding globe

GREETINGS:

GREETING

RESPONSE

WHEN USED

salaam alaikum

suh-lahm uh-lay-koom

malaikum salaam

muh-lay-koom suh-lahm

greeting a group of people or entering one’s house

nanga def

nahn-guh def

maangi fi

mahn-gee fee

greeting an individual

ça va

suh vah

ça va

suh vah

greeting an individual in passing

ba beneen

bah ben-nen

ba beneen

bah ben-nen

upon leaving an individual

PLEASENTRIES:

ENGLISH

WOLOF

FRENCH

please su la neexee soo luh neh-hee s’il vous plaît see voo play
thank you jërejëf jair-ree-jeff merci mair-see
you’re welcome amul sóló ah-mool so-loe je vous en prie zhe voo zom pree

YES/NO/MAYBE:

ENGLISH

WOLOF

FRENCH

yes waaw wow oui wee
no déedéet deh-deht non nohn
maybe xejna hej-nuh peut-être per-tet

SORRY/EXCUSE ME:

ENGLISH

WOLOF

FRENCH

sorry baal ma bahl mah désolé day-so-lay
excuse me baal ma bahl mah excusez-moi ek-skue-zay mwa

COMMUNICATING:

ENGLISH

WOLOF

FRENCH

Do you understand? Dégg nga? dayg nguh Comprenez-vous? kom-pre-nay voo
I understand. Dégg naa. dayg nah Je comprends. zhe kom-pron
I don’t understand. Dégguma. day-goo-mah Je ne comprends pas. zhe nuh kom-pron pah
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8 responses to “Quick Reference

  1. hola! queria saber si me podrian decir de algun diccionario bueno en wolof, por favor, ya que tengo uno pero es incompleto. somos un grupo que tratamos de aprender este maravilloso idioma. gracias espero su respuesta

  2. mauricio – of course you can show us your Wolof dictionary! (por supuesto que nos pueden mostrar su wolof diccionario!)

    To answer your 2nd post. Please visit these links for more info on Wolof dictionaries: (Para responder a su 2 º puesto. Por favor, visite estos enlaces para más información sobre Uolof diccionarios:)

    https://jangawolof.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/new-wolof-dictionary/

    https://jangawolof.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/suggested-reference-materials/

    firicat.com is also a great online dictionary (otro buen diccionario de Internet)

    Let us not forget the popular Peace Corps dictionary: (No olvidemos el popular diccionario del Cuerpo de Paz)

    http://www.africanculture.dk/gambia/ftp/wollof.pdf

    Here is a new one that I have not had the chance to review yet: (Aquí está uno nuevo que no he tenido la oportunidad de revisión aún)

    http://www.freelang.net/online/wolof.php

    I hope this helps. (Espero que esta ayuda)

  3. Hi!!! how can I translate common words such as. apricot, orange, competitivenes ecc…and also less common. I don’t find anything in Italian…but if you can suggest me something in english…

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