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- USUAL EXPRESSIONS IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS.
The Kikongo expressions presented here are those that can be used in various situations of everyday life.
– abu mpia! : finished ! end of the discussion !
– ah dia mboko dio ! : oh, what a cretin ! what an idiot ! what idiocy! you stupid !
– ah bweyi / ah weyi / ah bwe (kuandi/kua) ?: what’s new ? what now ?
– antuka : seriously !
– atasio ! : be careful !
– bakala dia mvimba ka dilanga ko : as he is this man never cries
– bana ba kivumu kimosi : children born to the same mother, children from the same womb
– bantu na bantu … : every people …, every nation …
– bawu bana : there they are, those ones
– bawu na bawu : with each other
– bena Kongo : children of Ne Kongo, refers to the people descended from Ne Kongo Nimi
– bena Kongo oye ! : long live the Kongolese !
– beno kibeni : yourselves
– beno luena bantu ba nsuka : you are the last ones
– beto bansoni/bawonso(no) : all of us, us all, all together, altogether
– beto eba/baba : here we are
– beto kimosi : ourselves, us in person
– beto ku ngambu, bawu ku ngambu yankaka : us on one side, them on the other
– beto na beto : between us, between ourselves
– bila nki … ? : why…? for what reason…?
– bima (bia)bionso / bima biabio : all (the) things
– bima (bia)bionsono / bima biawonsono : all (the) things
– bisi banda dia … : the inhabitants of the downstream part of…
– bisi londe dia … : the inhabitants of the upstream part of…
– Bisi nsi ya Congo oye ! : long live the Congolese !
– bisi ntandu : people who live upstream, people from the North
– bonga ludia : easy girl, easy prey
– bongele meso muene : you are all witnesses, the evidence is before you
– bonso bonso : so so, anyhow, without discernment
– bonso bu mafueti kadila : as it should be, as it should happen
– bonso buena : like
– bonso buenina : as it should be
– bonso bufueti kala/ba : as it should be, wisely
– bonso kaka bu makadilanga : as usual, as happens in such a case
– bonso kua bu batanga : so to speak, as they say
– bonso n’leki’ame ni kubakilanga : I consider you my little brother (sister)
– bu diena vo : since, given that
– bu dienina bonso bobo : since it is so, as it is so, this being given
– bu kamana (verbe) : after he/she finished to (verb), after he/she (verb in the preterite)
– bu kamana kuenda : as soon as he left, after his departure
– bu nata boo / bu ntele boo / bu nimeni ta boo, … : whereupon, … with that, … and now, …
– bu ntele ! : I said !
– bu yamana kuenda : after I left, during my absence
– bua yuku : usual, common, entered into the mores
– buanana ! : Happy New Year !
– buawubu : now, right now
– buisi bukiele : the sun rises, it’s day, it is daylight
– buisi buyididi : the sun is down, it’s night
– buka mona bukakuikila : it’s hard to believe without evidence, you have to see it to believe it
– buku dia leta : identity card
– bulutidi bubote : it would be better
– buna bufueti kala : as appropriate
– bunene ka buena bubole ko ! : being fat doesn’t mean being strong like two !
– bunene ka bunuananga mvita ko ! : being bigger doesn’t mean being stronger in a fight !
– dia kamu !: congratulations ! well done !
– diambu di yayendila kuna : the reason I went there
– diambu dia ngudi … : the essential thing…, the most important .., the bottom of the problem…
– diambu diaku ! : too bad for you !
– diambu diandi ! : too bad for him !
– diambu dionso mu ntangu’andi : everything in its time
– diambu disundidi/dilutidi mfunu : the most important thing
– disongele vo … : which means …
– djekabo … : so…, that being said…
– dodokolo diaku : I beg your forgiveness, I’m sorry, I beg you (to forgive me)
– ebu menina : it is like this
– eh bosi ngeye ? : (so/and) what about you ?
– eh bue batele ? : what’s new ? what’s being said ?
– eh bueyi (kuandi)?: how are you ? what’s the news ?
– eh kansi !: that’s it ! affirmative !
– eh kuma ? : why ? for what reason ?
– eh nge ni nani … ? : who the hell are you ? who are you to … ? who do you think you are?
– eh nki diaka (ko) ? : what now ? what else ?
– eh nki mambu ? : what’s the matter ? what’s the problem ?
– engwa kua … : watch out for …, woe to …
– funda dia matondo ! : many thanks ! thank you so much ! thank you a thousand times !
– ga/va fulu kia : instead of, rather than
– ga/va lukufi : nearby, very close, just next door
– ga/va zulu : on, above
– i ntumbu (verb) : to end up (verb-ing)
– ibobo ! : so be it ! it is so ! it is like that !
– ibonso bobo !: it is so ! that’s the way it is !
– ibuna ! : that’s it ! that’s the way it is ! that’s (exactly) right ! that’s what I mean !
– ibuna kaka ! : that’s the way it is ! that’s the only way !
– idina : that is (the raison) why
– ikele ! : (that’s) right ! it’s okay ! that’s it ! it’s hit ! right in the middle! right in the bull’s-eye !
– ikuma : that is why
– imene / imeni ! : it’s (all) over ! finished ! knock it off !
– inga ! : yes !
– ingeta ! : it’s heard ! so be it ! totally agree ! amen !
– isavo … : which means …, that is to say …
– ka bena ga/va ko ! : they are not there/here ! they are absent !
– ka bila ko ! : it doesn’t matter !
– ka bua/boo ko ! : it is not like that ! it is not so !
– ka diambu (’andi) ko ! : never mind ! it doesn’t matter ! nothing to say !
– ka diena nkutu mfunu mosi ko : it doesn’t matter at all, it has absolutely no value
– ka kena ko ! : he/she is not there/here ! he/she is absent !
– ka kia/bia-kala ko ! : it/that doesn’t exist ! it/that did not exist !
– ka kia/bia-teka kala ko ! : it/that never existed ! this never happened ! it hadn’t exist before !
– ka kia/bia-teka nkutu kala ko ! : it/that really never existed ! it/that really never happened !
– ka ki/bi/di-ena bo/buna ko ! : it’s not like that !
– ka ki/bi-ena ko ! : there are none ! there are not any !
– ka ki/bi-kalanga ko ! : it/that doesn’t exist !
– ka kima kuandi ko ! : it doesn’t matter (at all) ! It doesn’t matter now !
– ka kima nkutu ko : absolutely nothing, nothing at all
– ka kuena kuandi kima ko : there is nothing (to report)
– ka lumoni wonga ko ! : don’t be afraid !
– ka makutadidi ko ! : it’s none of your business!
– ka mantadidi ko! : it’s none of my business! it doesn’t concern me! I don’t care !
– ka mena kuandi mfunu ko : it doesn’t matter, they have no value
– ka mono’angana ko ! : it’s not me ! I had nothing to do with it !
– ka mono kuame ko : it’s not me
– ka mu nganzi ko ! : no hard feelings! no need to get angry!
– ka muntu (mosi) ko : nobody, no one, no person
– ka ngiena kuna ko ! : I will not listen to you ! I don’t care !
– ka ngiena na/ye mambu na muntu ko : I don’t blame anyone, I’m a stranger to any business
– ka ngiena na/ye mfunu’andi ko : I don’t need him
– ka ngiena na/ye wonga ko ! : I am not afraid ! I’m afraid of nothing !
– ka ngiena yo ngindu ko ! : I don’t give a shit/damn! I don’t (really) care! I don’t think about it!
– ka ni bue nasa eh ? : (but) what should I do ? (but) what (else) can I do ?
– ka ni nki kasa eh ? : (but) what did he do ?
– ka nsamu(a/andi) ko ! : it doesn’t matter (at all)! Who cares ! then so be it ! it’s not a big deal !
– ka ntam’andi ko … : not so long ago …, in a short time …
– kaka bonso bu dikadilanga : as usual
– kamba … : it seems that…, it would appear that …, I understand that …
– kanga n’nua (‘aku)! : shut the fuck up ! shut your mouth ! stop talking !
– kani ! : no ! negative !
– kani kima ! : nothing ! nothing at all ! nothing to report !
– katuka kuna ! : piss off ! bugger off !
– katuka mbadi ! : let it go ! forget it ! truce of jokes ! let’s get back to more serious things !
– keba (kuaku) !: watch out for yourself ! be careful !
– kia mpila yayi ka nateka kia mona ko ! : I’ve never seen anything like it!
– kia ngoyi/nkoyi ! : see you soon ! see you next time !
– kiadi kia saka kiena ! : it is a tremendous sadness ! it is an immeasurable sadness !
– kiadi kibeni ! : it’s regrettable ! it’s sad ! it’s distressing ! It’s really sad !
– kidi vo : so that
– kiedika ! : really !
– kiese kia saka kiena ! : It is a tremendous joy ! It is a huge joy ! it is an immeasurable joy !
– kikongo kiaku kiambote kiena : you speak Kikongo well, your Kikongo is correct
– kilendi ko ! : I can’t !
– (ki)lumbu kimosi … : one day …
– kima kani/pele : (it ‘s) nothing
– kima kia mfunu : valuable object
– kima kia mpamba : unimportant object
– kima kia n’kaka : something else
– kima kimosi : something
– kima na kima : everything, each thing
– kima nkatu ! : nothing ! nothing to report !
– kisalu kia mpunda : unpaid or poorly paid work in relation to what is due
– kiyendi-kiyendi : eyes closed, without taking precautions, naively
– kizeyi nkutu (kima) ko : I know absolutely nothing about it, I don’t have the slightest idea
– kizidi kia ba bebe : beautiful mug, baby face
– kizidi kia feti : happy mood
– kolo yakatuka ku … : it’s been a long time since I left …
– kompani kitunga : gang of criminals, bandits
– konso kima : everything
– konso konso kima : anything, any thing, all things
– konso konso kuma : here and there, anywhere, wherever, in any place, in every place
– konso kuma : everywhere
– konso muntu : everyone, every person
– konso ntangu : every time
– koshuna kia muntu : physically imposing person
– ku banda : downstream
– ku gata/vata tuzingilanga : we live in the village
– ku la kuena : it’s far away
– ku londe : upstream
– ku lubakala : on the right ( side)
– ku lumoso : left, (on/to) the left, (the) left side
– ku manima : behind, backwards
– ku manima ma : after, behind
– ku mavula tuvuandilanga : we live in the city
– ku nima ya mua bilumbu bina luta : after a few days, within a few days
– ku nima ya mua ntangu : after a few moments, in a moment, shortly
– ku nsi : under, underneath, below
– ku ntandu : upstream, the north
– ku ntuala : in front (of), ahead, forward
– ku zulu : at the top, to the sky, to heaven
– kua konsono : everywhere
– kua nda : far away
– kua nkatu ! : nothing ! none !
– kuele mvu / kuayele mvu : for eternity, forever
– kuena ye nsoni ko eh nge ! : you’re not ashamed of yourself ! you’re not embarrassed!
– kuenda ngieti kuenda : I have to go, I’m about to leave
– kuenda vutuka : round trip
– kueyi weka ? : where are you at ?
– kufua ntangu : lazy, layabout
– kukadi ye wonga ko : don’t be afraid
– (kuma) kuankaka : elsewhere
– kuma kukiele : the day rises, the sun rises, it is daylight
– kuma kuyididi : night has fallen, it is dark, the weather is getting darker, the sky is overcast
– kumonandi wonga ko : don’t be afraid ! have no fear !
– kumu ye/na kumu : from shore to shore, from one bank to the other
– kuna banda : downstream
– kuna kua yantikila mambu : at the source of the case, where it all began
– kuna londe : upstream
– ku(na) mala : in the distance
– kuna nsuka : at the end, ultimately, at the end of the day
– landa kulu kuami : follow my example, follow my dance step, try to dance like me
– landila … : after …, further to …, according to …
– lekela bua mbote ! : good night !
– lubanzi lua lubakala : right side, right flank
– lubanzi lua lumoso : left side, left flank
– lubutuku/mbutuku lua/ya mbote ! : happy birthday !
– lukaya lua mbongo : bank note
– lukufi ye … : very close to…, not far from…
– lumbu ka lumbu : every day
– lumbu kia mbote ! : have a good day !
– lumbu kia lubutuku/mbutuku kia mbote ! : happy birthday !
– lungonia ! : congratulations!
– lutoma kembila ! : have a great party ! good festivities ! good commemoration !
– luvunu ka mbote ko … ! : without lying … ! honestly … ! lying is not good !
– luvunu luaku (lueno) : you’re lying
– luvunu luawu lumonekene : their lie is revealed, their lie appears in the open
– ma ! : take it !
– ma buidi ! : that’s it, it’s the beginning of hostilities ! the situation is getting worse !
– ma kiedika mena (makieleka mena) : it’s true, it’s the truth
– ma kubebele ! : it’s ruined for you ! it’s fucked up for you ! you’re in trouble !
– ma kulu : all (of them), the whole, in the totality
– ma kulutidi ntu : the level is too high for you
– ma kutadidi ! : it’s your business ! too bad for you ! it’s at your own risk !
– ma mplila mu mpila ngina kulumonisa : I’ll show you all the colors
– ma ngitukulu mena ! : it’s amazing ! it’s wonderful ! it’s extraordinary !
– ma ngitukulu ngieti mona : strange things happen to me, I’m experiencing wonderful things
– ma ngitukulu tuakala monanga : we were living extraordinary moments
– ma nkaka diaka ! : here’s one more thing ! here is something else !
– madezo ma bana : baksheesh, bribe
– mafu ! : I don’t give a damn !
– mafunda ma matondo ! : thousands of thanks! thousands and thousands of thanks!
– malala makua zolele sumba ? : how many oranges do you want to buy ?
– malavu ma sukadi : sweet drink
– mama mapasa : mother of twins
– ma(ma) ngudi : name given to a mother of twins
– mambu mabuidi : something serious has happened, we have a problem, we got a problem
– mambu makondolo salu : trivialities, unimportant things, unnecessary business
– mambu maku ma nawidi/nameni wa : I heard about you
– mambu masakidi : too many problems, overwhelmed by events
– mambu mpe bua mabuanga ! : it happens ! it can happen ! these are things that happen !
– mambu mpe mamingi tele : you’ve said enough, you’ve said a lot, you’ve talked too much
– masakidi ! : enough is enough ! it goes beyond the limits ! this is way out of line !
– masukidi ! : it’s over ! stop it !
– matondo mamingi/malaka/masakila/beni ! : thank you very much !
– matondo mamingi/malaka/masakila nikuveni : thank you very much
– mawonso mele muna maza : everything is ruined, everything is fucked up, the deal is off
– mayela mani mamanisi : I don’t know what to say to you anymore
– mbadi : my dear
– mbazi mbazi … : one day…, one day or the other…
– mbe … ! : it seems that …! it would seem that …! it is said that …! they say that …!
– mbo wambambudila : you will remind me
– mbongo za bisengo : coins
– mbongo za makaya : bank notes
– mbongo za nkisi : occult money
– mbongo zikondolo : money is missing, there’s money missing, there is insufficient money
– mbote kua ba nkua yaku ! : say hello to your loved ones (friends, colleagues) !
– mbote ya lukalu : greeting from afar by shaking hand or object, goodbye from afar
– melesi yi bavana kua mbua : ingratitude, lack of thankfulness
– meno mavayika : prominent teeth
– meso ga : impudence, brazenness
– meso kuatu-kuatu : eyes that linger everywhere, sustained curiosity, extreme vigilance
– meso mu meso : face to face, facing each other, in private
– mfiawukidi ! : thank you ! I’m satisfied ! I’m happy ! I’m glad !
– mfumu’a lupangu : residential lessor, owner of a residential plot
– mfumu’a ntoto : autochthon, indigenous, authentic child of the country
– mfumu’a nzo : owner of the place of residence, owner of a house
– mfunu waku ngiena wo (wawu) : I need you
– mimvu mikua wena miawu ? : how old are you ?
– moko ma mpamba : empty handed, empty hands
– (mono) eyu ! : here I am !
– mono i muisi Manianga : I am from Manianga! I come from Manianga!
– mono kaka : me alone
– mono kibeni : myself, me in person
– mono ndembolo kuame : I give up, I refuse to continue
– mono ye/na yandi ka tuwizananga ko : he (she) and I don’t get along
– mpamba mpamba : no matter how, any way, unnecessarily, with ease, at all winds, carelessly
– mpanzi nsangu : journalist, news broadcaster
– mpasi nita mona : I’m suffering
– mpasi yita sa : it hurts
– mpasi za mpamba ! : lost cause ! wasted effort !
– mpeleko : despite, even if, although, unless, notwithstanding, nevertheless, however
– mpemba mpolo : without problems, without incident, hassle-free
– mpila kiese : a lot of joy, very happy
– mplila mu mpila : various, of all kinds
– mpila nkembo : so much joy, so much atmosphere
– mpimpa yibuidi : it is night, the night has fallen
– mpimpa na muini : day and night
– mpuan’aku : your fellow man, your neighbour
– mu bilumbu biawubi : in this period, in these times, these days
– mu bilumbu bieti kuiza : shortly, coming soon, in the next few days
– mu buankaka : otherwise, on the other hand, in other respects
– mu bukiedika : in truth, in reality, really, definitely, for sure
– mu bungu dia : for, because (of), for the cause of, with a view to, for the purpose of
– mu bungu dia nki ? : why ? for what reason ? for what purpose ?
– mu diambu dia : for, because (of), for the cause of, with a view to, for the purpose of
– mu diambu dia nki ? : why ? for what reason ?
– mu kati kia : among, in, between, within, inside of
– mu/ga/va kati-kati dia … : in the middle of…, in the centre of …
– mu (ki)lumbu ki : on this day, today, to this day
– mu kimona meso : in the open, in broad daylight, in full view of everyone
– mu kimoyo kiandi : during his/her lifetime, in his/her lifetime
– mu kingolo : by force, by coercion, against his will
– mu kinsueki : in camera, behind closed doors, secretly, clandestinely, covertly, on the sly
– mu kolo kiaki/kiawuki : now, nowadays
– mu kolo kiavioka : formerly, in the past
– mu lukufi : in summary, in brief, in short
– mu luzolo lua : by the will of, according to
– mu luzolo lua Nzambi ya Mpungu Tulendo : according to the will of Almighty God
– mu ma kawidi … : on these words …, after hearing that …
– mu mazimu : late, too late
– mu mo matadidi … : with regard to …, in view of …, according to …
– mu nkia diambu ? : why ? for what reason ? for what purpose ?
– mu nkumbu ya nsuka : for the last time
– mu nkumbu yi : this time
– mu nsi ya mvimba : throughout the country
– mu ntangu ya : during, at the moment when
– mu ntangu yina : in the meantime, at that moment
– mu ntangu yita/yina kuiza : soon, in the near future, in the future
– mu ntangu zazi : in this period, these days, in this day and age
– mu ntima mosi : conscientiously, wholeheartedly, with good will, in all sincerity
– mu sungula : particularly, especially
– mu yandi ngieti sila vuvu : I placed all my hopes in him, it is from him that I hope
– mu zimunina … : later …, thereafter …, afterwards …, finally …
– mua bilumbu bilutidi : it’s been a few days, a few days ago
– muana bisalu : servant
– muana bukolo : disobedient child
– muana bulemvo : docile child
– muana kinsiona : orphan, abandoned child
– muana ndumba : young single woman, young lady
– muana nsusu : gigolo, chick
– muana weno tina katinini : your child really ran away
– mundele ndombe : black man who apes the white man, black outside and white inside, bounty
– muntu na muntu : everyone, every person
– muntu na/ye yandi nsi : to each his own country
– muntu wa (défaut/qualité) : person with (fault/quality)
– muntu wakudila mu kati : person who looks significantly younger than his or her actual age
– muntu wakula ntu : mature man
– mupepe wa Kayini : swirling wind, tornado
– mvu miamingi milutidi : it’s been years, it’s been going on for years, it’s been ages
– mvu mikua wena miawu ? : how old are you ?
– mvu wampa wambote ! : happy new year !
– mvu ye mimvu milutidi : it’s been years, it’s been going on for years, it’s been ages
– mvula yita noka : it’s raining
– mvula zikua wena zawu ? : how old are you ?
– na kekete … : firmly …, without respite …, without a break …, continuously …, tirelessly …
– na ngwui : in good form, firmly
– na yokoso : dried up
– nani kunsansila bana ? : who will take care of my children ? who will raise my children ?
– nate ye … : until …
– nda wenda ! : go away !
– ndembolo kuami : I can’t go on, I can’t stand it anymore, I give up, I will stop here
– ndilu za meni lutisa : you’ve crossed the line, you’re going a bit too far, enough is enough
– ndinga’a vata : dialect of the country, dialect of the village, mother tongue
– ndolo kueto ! : let’s go (away)!
– ndueki (kuame) ! : I’m coming !
– nga ni yandi ? : would it be him/her ? Is it him/her?
– ngeye i muisi kue ? : where are you from? where do you come from? what is your origin?
– ngeye i nani ? : who are you ? who the hell are you?
– (ngeye mpe diaka,) mbe lutisi ko ! : you’re exaggerating (too)! you’re out of line (too)!
– ngeye muisi kue wena ? : where are you from? where do you come from? what is your origin?
– ngiangalale kuame : I am happy, I am satisfied, I am in joy
– ngiangalale (mono) mvimba : I rejoice with all my heart, I am very satisfied
– ngo ngwani/ngwame !: I refuse ! I say no !
– ngulu-ngulu : eyes closed, indiscriminately, blindly, naively
– ngunga yibuidi : the time has come, it is the time
– ni bawu beta nua: they are the ones who are drinking
– ni beto tuna dia : we are the ones who will eat
– ni bo kuandi : it’s like that and no other way ! that’s this way and only this way !
– ni mu diambu dina : that’s why
– ni nkumbu’aku ya nsuka ! : I want it to be the last time !
– ni nkumbu/nsa ya tatu yi : this is the third time
– ni yandi wena kuenda : it’s he (she) who will leave
– niama ngwaku ! : fuck your mother ! mother’s animality ! devil’s beast !
– nikutondele ! : thank you !
– nitomene kutonda ! : thank you very much !
– nitu ya fionoka : lean body
– nitu za fioti : thin body
– nkadidi kuame ! : I refuse!
– nkatikila ! : really ! for sure !
– nkatu ! : No! Negative!
– nkedi kuame : I just turned back, I just turned around, I decided to come back
– nki (diaka) ? : what (again) ? what (else) ? what is it (again)?
– nki diaka ko ! : what else ! what yet ! you can’t stop !
– nki kameni kutela ? : what did he just say to you ? what did he tell you just now ?
– nki nikutelele ? : what did I tell you ?
– nki nimeni kutela ? : what did I just tell you ?
– nki weti sa ? : what are you doing ?
– nkia diambu ? : what ? what are you saying ? what (else) do you want ?
– nkia diambu dio dikonduanga nsuka ? : what is this case that never ends?
– nkia diambu dio dilembo manisanga ? : you have to know to end a case !
– nkia kima? : what’s the matter (with you) ? what … ?
– nkia kima wunzolele ? : what do you want from me ?
– nkia nsangu ? : how are you? what’s the news? what’s new?
– nkia ntalu? : how much is that ? how much is it ?
– nkia ntangu tuena ? : what time is it ?
– nkielo wa buisi : dawn, sunrise
– nkiongo(no) … : it seems that …, whereas …, when in reality …
– nkitukidi kuami zoba ko : I’m confused, I feel foolish, I feel like an idiot, I’m really stupid
– nkumbu’aku nani / zina diaku nani ? : what is your name ?
– nkumbu tatu : three times, multiplied by three
– nkumbu ya nsuka : last time
– nkumbu ya ntete : first time
– nsamu wumuangane nza ya mvimba : the news spread everywhere
– nseke beni : a long time ago, very far from
– nsi ya Mputu : Europe poor country in the vision of the inhabitants of the Kongo Kingdom
– nsidi mono kaka: I was left alone, I have no one left
– nsidi vuvu vo … : I hope that …, I dare believe that …
– nsiku mu kota : no entry
– nsongi ya disu : corner of the eye
– nsuka nsuka : at the end of the day, last of all
– nsusu yikokole : the cock crows, the rooster crows
– ntalu kua ? : how much is that ? how much is it ?
– ntama ! : it’s been a long time ! it’s been ages ! a long time ago !
– ntangu’aku yifueni : your time has come
– ntangu ka ntangu : at any time, at all times, at any moment, at every moment
– ntangu ya bakulu : the olden days, the time of the ancestors
– ntangu ya fualama : during the Belgian colonization, at the time of the Flemish
– ntangu yifinamane : the moment is near, the hour is near, the time is near
– ntangu yifueni : it’s time, the time has come
– ntangu za nkaka : sometimes
– ntangu za zonsono : always, all the time
– ntima wa mpembe : pure heart, sincerity, lack of ulterior motive
– ntomene fiawuka ! : thank you very much! I’m very satisfied! I’m very happy! I’m very glad !
– ntu wa mpene : an empty head, an idiot
– nza wiza ! : come here !
– nza ya mvimba : the whole world
– Nzambi ka kusakumuna ! : (may) God bless you !
– nzila masini : railway, production table of an audiovisual programme
– nzila masuwa : waterway
– nzila ya lukufi : the shortest way, the short cut, the easiest way
– nzila (yi)mosi : together
– sa nsualu ! : hurry (up)!
– sala bonso bumuenene : do what you want, do as you feel, do as you please
– sala makuzolele : do as you please, do as you wish, do as you feel
– sambila lufueti sambila : you must pray, you have to pray, you are obliged to pray
– sangisa-sangisa : sexual practice of multiple partners, licentiousness, sexual swinging
– simba nzila, wenda ! : go away! get out ! you can go!
– simba-simba yibuidi ! : it’s the great commotion ! it’s the great jolt !
– sisi yibalukidi nefi : there is a turnaround, the situation has been reversed, the wheel has turned
– sumba nzo ya ngeye mosi : buy your own house
– tadi dia lengolengo : polished stone, slippery stone
– tadi dia mfunu : precious stone, gemstone
– tala ga ngenga : look aside, look around you
– tala kuaku ! : look at that ! you saw that ! (you think) you agree with me !
– ti na kuna nsuka : until the end
– tobola nkosi tobola ngo ! : may you overcome all the dangers that will arise before you !
– toko kueto ! : let’s go (away) !
– tomba kia … : as a result …, finally …, ultimately…, at the end of the day …
– tombula ndinga (‘aku) ! : speak louder ! raise your voice !
– tuala / tuasa ! : give it to me ! give me that ! give me !
– tuatometi wizana : let’s agree, let’s get along before
– tubakangamane mu meso : we keep a watchful eye on everything they do
– tuendi kueto ! : let’s go (away)! let’s get out of here !
– tuka kala : for a long time, for ages
– tuka ntama : for a long time, for ages
– tuka ntama kibeni : for very a long time, for ages
– tuka “X” ti “Y” : from “X” to “Y”
– tulueki ! : we’re coming !
– tuvi tuaku ! : I said fuck you! fuck you! kiss my ass!
– tuzolasana beto na beto : let us love each other
– va/ga fulu kia : instead of, rather than
– va/ga kimosi : together, in unity, hand in hand
– va ntadisi ya : before, in front of, with regard to, with respect to, towards
– va yuti : in public, in the open, in broad daylight
– va zimunina … : later …, subsequently …, afterwards …
– vana/gana mpambu’a nzila : at the fork, at the crossroads
– vana vawu : immediately, at once, at that moment
– vo ka boo ko : if not, otherwise, if that is not the case
– vo ka bua ko : if not, otherwise, if that is not the case, si cela ne se fait pas
– vo ka buna ko : otherwise, if not, if that is not the case
– waya ! : lie ! bluff ! nothing at all ! nothing to do !
– wayikidi muntu wan’nene : he became a important person, he became a celebrity
– wazola evo walembo zola … : whether you like it or not …, whether you want it or not …
– widi ! : do you hear (me) ! you heard what I said !
– wiza tuakabula mua mbungu : come have a drink with me
– wizidi bunene/wanene : you’ve gotten fat, you have taken on forms
– wonso wena ye makutu ma zibuka kawa !: a word to a wise is enough !
– wonso wonso muntu : each person, every person, anyone, anybody, any person
– wukisunzula : introduce yourself
– wukiyendila kuaku : you better be already gone
– wumfuila nkenda : have mercy on me
– wumosi kaka wuna : the same one, the one and only
– wumosi mu … : one of the …, one among the …
– wundemvukila ! : excuse me ! I’m sorry ! forgive me !
– wungana kua za yuma : give me only (the equivalent) in (money) cash
– wungiambula kuame (wubayambula kuawu) ! : leave me alone (leave them alone) !
– wunsadisa ! : help me !
– wunsila nlemvo ! : excuse me ! I’m sorry ! I beg your pardon !
– wunu kiawu ki : today, (on/in) this day
– wusosanga mambu, yandi wukangamanga : he who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind
– wutusonga nzila : show us the way
– ya busi : my sister, dearest sister
– ya fuluka : full, in abundance, plentiful
– ya mona : new
– ya mpa : new
– ya mpangi : my brother/sister, very dear brother/sister
– ya nkazi : my brother, dearest brother
– (ya) ntindu na ntindu : of all kinds, of all sorts, multitude
– yambula kuaku ! : let it go ! forget it ! you better give up ! you can give up !
– yandi buzoba buandi bua saka : he/she is (really) too stupid
– yandi kaka ko : there is really only him/her, surely it is he/she
– yandi (ki)mosi : himself/herself, himself/herself in person
– yandi kuna : here he/she is
– yandi meni nua ko : he/she really drank, he/she is really drunk, it’s sure he just drank
– yandi mosi mpe : him/her too, him/her also, him/her as well
– yandi na yandi : we only see him/her, we only hear him/her
– yandi nsidi mona : I just saw him/her
– ye bonso bobo … : and so on …, etcetera …
– yi mono ndidingi bio : I’m the one who ate them
– yi mu diambu dina … : this is the reason why …
– yi mu diodio … : that’s why …
– yiza kuaku ! : come here ! you can come !
– za/mia/ma mplila mu mpila : of all kinds, various
– zina diaku nani / nkumbu’aku nani ? : what’s your name?
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