[Conversation] More Sample Sentences (1)

here’s a few random sentences:

Bikila sheebe! / appelle ton père! / call your father!
Lwa kunoko! / viens ici! / come here!
Ndi muswe kuya ku Paris / je veux aller à Paris / i want to go to Paris
Tuye lubilu / allons vite / let’s go quickly
Tuye biteketa / allons doucement / let’s go slowly
Wakuya / il (elle) est parti / he (she) left
Ndi mubi / je me sens mal / i am not well
Kolesha mwoyi! courage!
Mbeela ngonga / on sonne (à la porte) / the doorbell is ringing
Nganyi wetu ? / qui est-ce ? / who is this ?
Nweenu banganyi ? / qui êtes-vous? / who are you ? (plural)
Mike udiku anyi ? / Mike est-il là ? / is Mike there ?
To. Mmupatuka. / non. il est sorti / no. he’s out.
Tuyaayi ku mesa / à table / let’s eat!
Kazala aaku / bon appétit

[Conversation] Human Body – sample sentences

Ndi ne mutu
J’ai mal à la tête
I’m having a headache

Badi bapunga mushiku
Ils se mettent d’accord
They find an agreement

Human_body

Udi unkwela nnyima
Il m’a tourné le dos
He turned his back on me

Mpesha diboku
Donne-moi la main
Give me your hand

Mucima ukuma bikole be
Mon coeur bat très fort
My heart is beating hard

Kakwanyi utu anu ukuma dikasa mpadii uja maja
Mon grand-père frappe toujours du pied quand il danse
My grand-father is always stomping his foot while dancing

vocabulary

[Vocabulary] Mubidi / Human Body / Le Corps Humain

mutu / mutu
tête / headlusuki / nsuki
cheveux / hair

mpala / mpala
front ou visage / forehead or face

disu / mesu
oeil-yeux/ eye(s)

dikiki / makiki
sourcil(s)/ eyebrow(s)

mukana
bouche / mouth

mushiku / mishiku
lèvre(s)/lip(s)

dinu / menu
dent(s)/ tooth-teeth

ludimi / ndimi
langue/tongue

ditama / matama
joue/cheeck

lubanga
menton/chin

dici / maci
oreille (s)/ear(s)

muminu
gorge/throat

nshingu
cou/neck

dikoshi
nuque/nape of the neck

cyadi / byadi
buste/chestdibeela / mabeela
poitrine/breast

difu
ventre/belly

mofu
nombril/belly button

nnyima
dos/back

cimono
les reins/lower back

diboku / maboku
bras/arm(s)

cyanza / byanza
main(s)/hand(s)

munu / minu
doigt(s)/finger(s)

luzadi / nzadi
ongle/nail

ditaku  / mataku
fesse(s)/buttock(s)

mukolu
jambe/leg

cinu / binu
genou/knee

dikasa / makasa
pied(s)/foot-feet

dikoba
peau/skin

Human_body
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sample sentences

[Conversation] Time – Sample Sentences

Tudi diba kayi?
Quelle heure est-il ?
What time is it?

Tudi diba umwe
Il est 1 heure.
It’s 1 o’clock.

Tudi mundankulu
Il est minuit.
It’s midnight.

Tudi dya ibidi ne tusunsa dikumi
Il est 2h10
It’s 10 past 2.

Diba dya kuya dya kumbanyi
Il est temps de partir
It’s time to leave

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Diba dya kudya dyakumbanyi
Il est temps de manger
It’s time to eat

Leelu tudi wa manga ?
Quelle est la date aujourd’hui?
What is the day today?

Dibidi dya ngondu mwibidi
Le 2 février
February 2nd

Kudi mafuku abidi
Il y a 2 jours
Two  days ago

Note that to express time in Ciluba we use the first person of plural form so that “it is 1pm” is actually literally translated into “we are 1pm”…

Time – Vocabulary
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[Vocabulary] Time / Diba / Temps

Here’s a vocabulary list with words related to time. click on the link at the bottom to find a few sample sentences.

dîba
temps / timecidimu
année/ year

ngondu, mwenji
mois / month

ditùku / matùku
jour(s) / day(s)

dîba
heure / hour

kasunsa
minute / minute

cidimu
saison / season

luuyà
été / summer (hot season)

mashika makole
hiver / winter

muvwa wa mvùla
saison des pluies / rainy season

muvwa wa mashìka
saison sèche / dry season

mààlabà, makèèlèlà mushààla
hier/yesterdayleelù
aujoud’hui / today

mààlabà, makèèlèlà
demain / tomorrow

dìndà
le matin / morning

mundaamuunyà
l’après-midi / afternoon

dilòòlù
le soir / evening

bufùku
la nuit / night

mpindyewu
maintenant/ now

pashììsha
plus tard / later

diba dyônso
n’importe quand / anytime

Cyongu (wa minanga)*
janvier / januaryLwîshi*
février / february

Lwabanya (nkasu)*
mars / march

Cisanga (nkasu)*
avril / april

Lumùngùlù*
mai / may

Kabalanshipu*
juin / june

Kashipu (nkenza)*
juillet / juillet

Cimungù (wa mashika)*
aout / august

Kabitenda*
septembre / september

Kaswamansensa*
octobre / october

Kaswàbàngà*
novembre / november

Ciswà munèna*
décembre / december

lumingu
semaine / weekdiimwe
lundi / monday

diibidi
mardi / tuesday

diisatu
mercredi / wednesday

diinayi
jeudi / thursday

diitanu
vendredi / friday

diisambombu
samedi / saturday

dyalumingu
dimanche / sunday

ndekelu wa lumingu
fin de semaine / weekend

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*Baluba people traditionally call months by the event happening during the moon. for example Ciswa Munene, December, is the month where the big winged ants are out.

Time – Sample Sentences
Practice Counting in Ciluba