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Food, Drink and Health


Food

Where is a ... .... ...eri ludda wa

At the Restaurant

We would like a table for five................Twagala emmeeza ya bataano.
Is there a table for three available?........Olinawo emmeeza etuuza abasatu?
Please bring me "__" ........................... Mwattu ndetera "__"

I don't eat/drink "__" ..... .........Ssirya/Ssinywa "__"

This isn't cooked properly......Eno teyidde bulungi
Not too spicy please..............Ebirungo bitonotono mwattu
This food is delicious..............Eno emmere ewooma!

At The Market

How much is a kg of "__"?..............Kilo ya "__" eri ku ssente mmeka?
A kg of "__" please.........................Njagala kilo ya "__" mwattu
I don't want that one........................Saagala ekyo
Please give me another one..............Mwattu mpa endala

Meals

Breakfast...........Ekyenkya
Lunch................Ekyemisana
Dinner...............Ekyeggulo

Meat

Beef..............................Nnyama ya nte
Chicken........................Nyama ya nkoko
Lamb/Mutton................Nyama ya ndiga
Pork.............................Nyama ya mbizzi
Goat meat.....................Nnyama ya mbuzi

Seafood

Fish.............................Kyennyanja
Catfish.........................Ssemutundu
Eel...............................Nsonzi
Mudfish.......................Mmale
Nile perch....................Mpuuta
Snout fish....................Kasulu
Sprat............................Nkejje
Tilapia.........................Ngege

Fruits and Nuts

Avocado...................Wova/Wovakedo/Kedo
Banana (ripe)............Menvu
Gooseberry...............Ntuntunu
Jackfruit....................Ffene
Guava.......................Ppeera
Lemon......................Nniimu
Mango......................Muyembe
Melon.......................Wujju
Olive (type of)...........Mpafu
Orange......................Mucungwa
Pawpaw....................Paapaali
Peanuts.....................Binyebwa
Pineapple..................Nnaanansi
Passion Fruit.............Katunda
Plantain.....................Gonja
Raspberry.................Nkenene
Sugar cane................Kikajjo

Vegetables

Beans................................Bijanjaalo
Cabbage...........................Mboga
Carrot...............................Kalati
Corn.................................Kasooli
Eggplant............................Bbiringanya
Mushroom.........................Katiko
Onion................................Katungulu
Potato...............................Lumonde
Powdered Vegetable..........Ggobe
Pumpkin............................Nsujju
Spinach.............................Doodo
Tomato..............................Nnyaanya
Miscalleneous others..........Jjobyo/Nnakati/Nsugga/Ttimpa

Staples

Banana (green)..........................Matooke
Sweet Potato............................Lumonde
Cassava ...................................Muwogo
Rice..........................................Muceere
Corn flour..................................Kawunga
Millet flour.................................Kalo
Yam (different types).................Ndaggu/Balugu/Jjuuni
Porridge (corn)..........................Buugi
Porridge (millet).........................Busera

Spices and Condiments

Chilli.....................Kaamulali
Cinnamon.............Budalasini
Cloves..................
Curry powder.......Bunzaali
Garlic................ Katungulu Ccumu
Ginger..................Ntangawuzi
Cooking Oil..........Butto
Pepper ............... Kaamulali
Salt......................Munnyo
Sugar...................Sukaali
Tumeric........
Vinegar........

Drinks

Beer.....................Bbiya
Juice.....................Mubisi
Milk.....................Mata
Pop......................Sooda
Coffee..................Kaawa
Tea......................Caayi

Cooking Methods

Baked....................
Boiled...................Bitokose
Fried....................Bisiike
Grilled.................Byokye
Steamed...............
Smoked................Bikalirire

Special Dishes

Cooked vegetables with peanut sauce..........Enva z'ebinyeebwa
Roasted beef................................................ Nyama y'ente enjokye
Roasted pork................................................Nyama y'embizzi enjokye
Steamed and mashed bananas..................... Matooke g'omuwumbo

Some Useful Words

Ashtray.................
Bitter....................Kukaawa
Boil.....................Kutokosa
Boiled.................Bitokose
Cold...................Kunnyogoga
Cook..................Kufumba
Delicious.............Kuwooma
Eat......................Kulya
Foreign.............
Fresh.................
Fry....................Kusiika
Good (food)......
Hot..................
Indegenous........
Salty.................
Slice................Kusalako
Sour.................
Spicy.............
Sweet............Kuwoomerera
Uncooked........Sikifumbe
Unripe.............Kibisi, Ssikyengevu

Some Useful Phrases

We're in a hurry please.................................Mwattu tuli mu bwangu
I'm sorry but this table is reserved.................Nsonyiwa naye emmeeza eno nekwate
Please bring our food quickly........................Emmere yaffe gyanguyeeko.
May we have our bill please?........................Osobola okutuwa lisiiti yaffe mwattu?

Shopping

Useful Shops & Items

Where can I find a "__" ? .......Wa wenyinza okusanga "__"?

I want to buy... ....Njagala kugula..............

Bargaining

Can I bargain?.............Nsobola okulamuza?
That's very expensive....Ogwo omuwendo munene
I don't have much money.......Sirina sente nnyingi
Can you lower the price?.......Osoloba okussa omuwendo?
I'll give you.... .................Nja kuwa.......
No more than.... ..........Sisukka.....

Souvenirs

Bone...................Gumba
Bracelet...............Kakomo
Carving................Ekibajje
Earrings...............Mpeta za ku matu
Gold....................Zawabu/Zaabu
Handicraft............Eby'emikono
Hand made batik.....
Horn....................Jjembe
Ivory....................Ssanga
Jewellery..............
Leather.................Ddiba
Material................
Necklace..............Ekyomubulago
Paintings...............Ebifaananyi ebisiige
Pottery.................Bibumbe
Puppets................
Ring......................Mpeta
Silver....................Ffeeza
Souvenir...............Ekyokwejjukiza
Statue...................Kibumbe
Stone carvings.......Ekibajje mu jjinja
Woodcarving.........Ekibajje mu muti

Clothing

Cardigan.............Sweta
Clothing..............Ngoye
Dress..................Kwambala
Hat.....................Nkufiira
Jacket.................Kooti
Jeans...................
Sandals................
Shirt....................Saati
Shorts..................Mpale nnyimpi
Shoes..................Ngatto
Skirt....................Sikaati
Slippers................Sapatu
Socks..................Sitokisi
Tie.......................Ttaayi
Trousers...............Mpale mpaanvu
T-shirt..................Tisaati
Underpants..........
Underwear..........Akawale komunda

Materials

Cotton.........Pamba
Leather........Ddiba
Silk............. Ssirika
Wool...........Wuulu

Stationery & Publications

Ballpoint pen..........Boolopeni
Dictionary..............Nkuluze
Envelopes..............Mabaasa
Magazine...............Akatabo k'amawulire
Map......................Maapu
Newspaper............Lupapula lwa mawulire
Novel.....................Katabo
Writing paper.........Lupapula lw'okuwandiikako

Toiletries

Baby's bottle...............Ccupa y'abaana
Baby powder..............Pawuda w'abaana
Condoms....................Kondomu
Contraceptives............Ebigema okuzaala
Laxatives.....................
Moisturising Cream......Bizigo
Mousquito repellant.....Eddagala ly'ensiri
Razor blade.................Eggirita, Akawembe
Sanitary napkins...........
Shampoo.....................
Shaver.........................
Shaving cream.............
Tampons.....................
Tissues........................
Toilet paper...............Bikookooma
Toothbrush................Akasenya, Omuswaaki
Toothpaste................Eddagala ly'amannyo

Photography

I'd like a film for this camera......Njagala filimu ya kamera eno
How much is it for processing and developing?...Sente meka okwooza ebifaananyi?
When will it be ready?...............Onobimaliriza ddi?
Do you repair cameras here?.....Wano oddaabiririzaawo kamera?

B&W (film).............Filimu etali ya langi
Camera...................Kamera
Colour (film)............Firimu eya langi
To Develop.............Okwoza
Film.........................Firimu
Photograph..............Kifaananyi

Smoking

Cigarettes.................Sigala, Ssegereti
Matches....................Kibiriiti
Pipe..........................Mmindi
Tobacco...................Taaba
A packet of cigarettes, please.....Pakiti ya sigala mwattu
Do you have a light?..................Olina ekibiriiti?

Weights & Measures

Gramme.........Gulaamu
Kilogramme...........Kilo
mm.........
cm..........
meter......Mmita
Kilometer..........Kilomita
litre.........Lita
pound.....Latiri
mile.........mayiro
foot.........fuuti

Sizes and Comparisons

Big................. Kinene
Bigger............ Kineneko
Biggest.......... Kinene okusinga
Too big.......... Kinene okuyitirira
Very big.......... Kinene nnyo
Small.............. Kitono
Smaller.............Kitonoko
Too small......... Kitono okuyitirira
Very small........ Kitono nnyo
Enough............Kimala
Less................
More...............Kusingako
Heavy............Kizito
Light...............Kuwewuka
Long............... Buwanvu
Short...............Bumpi
Tall............... Buwanvu
Wide............Bugazi
Narrow........Bufunda

Colors

Black..........Nzirugavu
Blue............Bbululu
Brown........ Kitaka
Colour.........Langi
Dark............Nkwafu
Gray............Kivuvvu Green..........Kiragala
Light...........Ntangaavu
Orange....... Kacungwa
Purple......... Kakobe
Red.............Myuufu
White..........Njeru
Yellow........Kyenvu

Some Useful Words

Big..............Kinene
Buy.............Kugula
Cheap.........
Discount......
Expensive....
Export.........Okuwereza ebyamaguzi ebweru w'eggwanga
Import.........Okuyingiza ebintu okuva munsi ez'ebweru
Like............Kwagala
Made in (country)....Kyakolebwa mu (nsi)
Old....................Kikadde
Order................Kulagiriza
Parcel.............Kitereke
Prefer............Okwagala ekimu okusinga ekirala
Quality..........Obulungi
Quantity........Obungi
Round.........Kyetoloovu
Sell..............Kutunda
Small...........Kitono
Style............ Musono
Want...........Kwagala

Some Useful Phrases

I'm just looking...........Ndabako bulabi
What is the normal price of this?.....Omuwendo ogwa bulijjo sente meka?
Can you write down the price?.......Osobola okuwandiika wansi omuwendo?
Do you accept credit cards?............ Mukkiriza kaadi?
May I try this on?..............Nsobola okukyegezaamu
Do you have others?.........Olina ebirala?
We don't have any............Tetulina
Can I see it?.....................Nsobola okukiraba?
I don't like it.....................Sikyaagala
I will take it......................Nja kukitwaala
I'd like to look at blouses.....Njagala kulaba ku bbulawuzi
How much is this?.....................Kino sente mekka?
Where are these goods made?...Bino bikolebwa wa?
Do I need insurance?................Neetaaga yinsuwa?
Free of charge....................Kya bwereere

Health

Where is a... ...... .....ali ludda wa
-dentist......................-Omusawo w'amannyo
-doctor......................-Omusawo
-hospital.....................-Eddwaaliro
-medicine....................-Eddagala
-pharmacy...................-Famase

At the Doctor's

I'm suffering from.... ...... Ndi mulwadde wa..........
I am allergic to .... ........
My "__" hurts................. "__" gu/ku nnuma
I feel nauseous............... Emmeeme ensinduukirira
I keep vomiting.............. Nsesema buli kiseera
I feel dizzy..................... Nina kammunguluze

I'm allergic to penicillin/antibiotics.......
I have low/high blood pressure..........
Could I see a female doctor?............Nsobola okulaba omusawo omukazi
Could I see a doctor for females?......Nsobola okulaba omusawo w'abakazi
I'm pregnant.....................Ndi lubuto
I'm on the pill....................Ndi ku ddagala erigema okuzaala
I haven't menstruated for "__" weeks....Silwadde mwezi okumala wiiki "__"
I've been vaccinated.............Bansala emikono
I have my own syringe..........Nina empiso yange
I've had a blood test.............Bankebedde omusaayi
I need a blood test................Netaaga okunkebera omusaayi
Please use this syringe...........Mwattu kozesa eno empiso
How many times a day?........Emirundi emeka olunaku?

Ailments

Allergy.............
Asthma............Asima
Burns...............
Cholera............Kolera
Cold.................Ssennyiga
Constipation......
Cough...............Kifuba, Kukolola
Diarrhoea..........Kuddukana
Dysentery..........
Fever.................Musujja
Flu..................... Yegu
Food poisoning....
Headache.......... Mutwe
Hepatitis............
High Blood Pressure........Pulessa
Infection............Kukwatibwa obulwadde
Itch...................Kusiiwa
Lice..................Nsekere
Malaria.............Musujja gw'ensiri
Pain..................Bulumi
Rabies...............Obulwadde bw'ensolo
Rheumatism.......
Sore throat........
Stomachache.....Kulumwa olubuto
Sunburn.............
Tuberculosis.......Kafuba
Typhoid.............
Venereal Disease....Endwadde z'obukaba
Worms.................
Wound.................Ekiwundu

Parts of the Body

Arm.................Mukono
Back................Mugongo
Bone................Gumba(Singular), Magumba(plural)
Breast..............Bbeere(singular), Mabeere(plural)
Chest...............Kifuba
Chin.................Kalevu
Ear...................Kutu(singular), Matu(plural)
Eye...................Liiso(singular), Maaso(plural)
Face.................Maaso
Finger...............Ngalo
Foot..................Kigere
Hands...............Mukono(singular), Mikono(plural)
Head.................Mutwe
Heart.................Mutima
Hip....................Kikugunyu
Kidney...............Nsigo
Leg....................Kugulu
Lips...................Mimwa
Liver..................Kibumba
Lung..................Mawuggwe
Mouth................Kamwa
Muscle...............
Neck..................Nsingo
Nose..................Nnyindo
Pancreas.............Nnuuni
Shoulder.............Kibegabega
Skin....................Lususu
Stomach.............Lubuto
Toes...................Bugere
Tooth..................Linnyo

Medicines

Antibiotics........
Antiseptic.........
Aspirin.............Asipirini
Penicillin...........Penisirini
Quinine.............Kwiinini
Sleeping pills.....Amakerenda ageebasa
Tablet...............Kerenda
Vitamins...........Vitamini

Some Useful Words

Accident........Akabenje
Addiction.......
Allergic..........
Bandage........Bandeegi
Bleed............. Kujja musaayi
Blood.............Musaayi
Break.............Kumenya
Broken...........Kumenyeka
Breath............Kussa
Burn...............
Careful...........Kwegendereza
Collapse/faint......
Compress.........
Contraceptive....Eddagala erigema okuzaala
Dog bite.............
Disease..............
Faeces...............Ebyayi
Fast...................
Health................Ebyobulamu
Injection.............Mpiso
Menstruation......Omwezi
Oxygen...............
Poisonous...........Kyabutwa
Prescription.........
Urine...................Omusulo
Vomit..................Kusesema

At the Pharmacist's

I need medicine for.... ......Njagala eddagala ly'......
(Do) I need a prescription for.... ......
These tablets must be taken three times a day....Buno obukerenda bwakutwalibwa emirundi esatu buli lunaku
Please shake the bottle before taking.......Sunda eccupa nga tonnanywa

At the Dentist's

My tooth hurts.................Erinnyo linnuma
I've lost a filling................
I've broken a tooth..........Erinnyo lyabongose
My gums hurt...................Ekibuno kinnuma
I don't want it extracted.....Ssaagala ligyibwemu
Please give me an anaesthetic.....Mwattu nsirisa

Some Useful Phrases

Please take us to a Hospital.............Mwattu tutwale ku ddwaliro
Please buy medicine for me at the pharmacy.....Mwattu ngulira eddagala ku famase
My leg is broken.............Okugulu kwange kwamenyese
I need a receipt for my insurance.......Netaaga lisiiti olwa yinsuwa


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