Luganda Phrasebook
Around Town / Countryside


Accomodation

Finding Accomodation

Where is a "__" ?................ "__" eri ludda wa?

I've already found a hotel...............Nafunye dda wooteri
Please take me to the "__" hotel.....Mwattu ntwaala ku wooteri "__".
What is the address?......................Ndagirilo ki?
Write down the address please.......Endagiliro giwandiike mwattu

Checking in at the Hotel

I'd like a room "__" .........................Njagala ekisenge "__"

I am going to stay for "__" ..............Nja kumala "__"

I am going to live here for a year.........Ng'enda kubeera wano okumala omwaka gumu
Is there a room available?...................Olinawo ekisenge?
How much does it cost per day?.........Kya ssente mmeka buli lunaku?
What is the daily rate?.........................Ssente mmeka buli lunaku
Does the price include breakfast?........Ssente ziriko n'ekyenkya?
Are children allowed?.........................Abaana bakkirizibwa?
Is there extra cost for children?...........Abaana basasula ssente endala?
Can I see the room?...........................Ekisenge nsobola okukiraba?
I don't like this room...........................Kino ekisenge sikyagala
Do you have a better room?................Olina ekisenge ekikisingako obulungi?
I'll take this room.................................Nja kutwala kino ekisenge
I'm not sure how long I'm staying.........Simanyi bbanga ki lyennaamalawo
Should I leave my key at the reception?... Nsobola okuleka ekisumuluza kyange awatuukirwa?

During Your Stay

Where can I wash my clothes?............Wa wensobola okwoleza engoye zange?
Please wash these clothes for me.........Mwattu njoleza engoye zino
When will they be ready?....................Onoozimala ddi?
Can I use the telephone?.....................Nsobola okukozesa essimu?
Please spray my room.........................Mwattu fuyira ekisenge kyange
There are mosquitoes in it....................Kirimu ensiri
Please change my sheets......................Mwattu kyusa essuuka zange
My room needs to be cleaned..............Ekisenge kyange kyetaaga okuyonja

Complaints

Excuse me, I've got a problem here..........Nsonyiwa, nina ekizibu
The window is broken.............................Eddirisa limenyefu
I can't open the door/window..................Sisobola kuggulawo luggi/ddirisa
I've locked myself out..............................Neesibidde ebweru
The toilet is broken..................................Akayu tekakola
Can you get it fixed?................................Bayinza okukikola?
The room smells......................................Ekisenge kiwunya
It's too dark.............................................Enzikiza eyitiridde
It's too noisy............................................Oluyogaano luyitiridde

Checking Out of the Hotel

I am leaving this hotel..................Wooteri ngenda kugivaamu
Please prepare my/our bill...........Mwattu tegeka lisiiti yange
Call me a taxi please...................Mpitira takisi mwattu
Can I pay by "__" ?....................Nsobola okusasuza "__" ?

Can I leave my things here until "__" ?...Nsobola okuleka ebintu byange wano okutuusa "__" ?

Some Useful Phrases

The hotel is near (the) "__" . ...Wooteri eri kumpi (ne) "__"

I want to have..... ............Njagala kulya.......

I want to drink.... ............Njagala kunwya......

Some Useful Words

Address...............Endagirilo
Bathe.................. Kunaaba
Blanket................Bulangiti
Candle.................Musubbaawa
Chair....................Ntebe
Clean (verb)........ Kuyonja
Crowded...............
Cupboard.............Kabada
Dark....................Enzikiza
Dirty.....................Kuddugala
Door.....................Luggi
Dust......................Nfuufu
Eat........................Kulya
Electricity..............Masannyalaze
Garden.................Nnimiro
Fence...................Lukomera
Key......................Kisumuluzo
Lock.....................Kkufulu
Mattress................Mufaliso
Mirror...................Ndabirwamu
Noisy....................Luyogaano
Pillow...................Katto ka kwezizika
Quiet....................Kasiriikiriro
Rent.....................Kupangisa
Roof.................... Kasolya
Servant.................Mukozi
Sit........................Tuula
Sheet...................Suuka
Sleep...................Kwebaka
Soap (bathing)......Sabbuuni anaaba
Soap (detergent... Sabbuuni ayoza
Swimming pool.....Ekidiba omuwugirwa.
Table....................Mmeeza
Towel...................Tawulo
Wake....................Zuukusa
Wash....................Kwoza
Water...................Mazzi

Around Town

Where is a/the.... ..... ...eri(ali) luddawa?

How far is the "__" ? .............. "__" eri bbanga ki okuva wano?
I am going to the "__"  ............ Ng'enda ku "__" 
I want to see the "__" ...............Njagala kulaba "__" 
I am looking for the "__" ...........Nnoonya "__"
What time does it open?............Kiggulawo saawa mmeka?
What time does it close?............Kiggalawo ku saawa mmeka?
Is it still open?............................Kikyali kiggule?

What "__" is this?............ "__" ki?

Some Useful Phrases

What time do banks open?......................Banka ziggulawo ssaawa mmeka?
What time does the bank open?...............Banka eggulawo ssaawa mmeka?
Where can I cash a travellers' cheque?.....Wa w'ensobola okuwanyisiza kyeke zange?
What is the exchange rate?......................Ssente zikyusiza ku mmeka?
Has any money arrived for me?...............Waliwo ssente zange ezizze?
How long will it take to arrive?................Zinatwala bbanga ki okutuuka?

Some Useful Words

Bank clerk......................Kkalaane wa banka
Bill, bank note.................Lupapula lwa ssente
Branch............................Ettabi
Commission....................Kamiisoni
Endorsement....................Kussaako mukono
ID card........................Kitambulizo
Signature......................Omukono
Teller.........................
Ticket Window/wicket...........

Sightseeing

Where is the tourist office?.................Wofiisi y'abalambuzi eri luddawa?
What is that building?.........................Ekyo kizimbe ki?
What is this monument?......................Kino kijjukizo kyaki?
Who lived there?................................Ani yabeeranga awo?
Do you have a local map?...................Olina maapu ya wano?
May I take photographs?....................Nsobola okukuba ebifaananyi?
May I take your photograph?..............Nsobola okukukuba ekifaananyi?
I will send you the photograph.............Ekifaananyi nja kukikuweereza
Could you take a photograph of me?....Osobola okunkuba ekifaananyi?
At what theatre can I see a play?.........Wa wenyinza okulaba omuzannyo
How did you enjoy the play?...............Omuzannyo gwakunyumidde?
I'm interested in music..........................Njagala ennyimba

Some Useful Words

Cathedral..........................Lutikko
Church.............................Kkanisa / Kkeleziya
Crowded(noisy).....................
Empty...............................Kikalu
Interesting........................ Kinyuma
Mosque............................Muzigiti
Nice................................ Kirungi
Quiet............................... Kisiriikirivu
Statue...............................Kibumbe
Ticket...............................Tikiti
University.........................Yunivasite
Nightclub..........................Kirabo

Bureaucracy

King..................................Kabaka
President...........................Pulezidenti
Prime minister....................Katikkiro
Minister.............................Minisita
Member of Parliament........Mukyise mu Paalimenti
Mayor...............................Meeya
Chief.................................Mwami

In The Country

Directions

North.........................Bukiikakkono, Mambuka
South.........................Bukiikaddyo, Maserengeta
East...........................Buvanjuba
West..........................Bugwanjuba
North-East.................Bukiikakkono(bwa)-Buvanjuba North-West...............Bukiikakkono(bwa)-Bugwanjuba South-East.................Bukiikaddyo(bwa)-Buvanjuba South-West................Bukiikaddyo(bwa)-Bugwamjuba
Left............................Kkono
Right..........................Ddyo
Up.............................Waggulu
Down........................Wansi

Weather

What's the weather like?.......Embeera y'obudde eri etya?
It is "__" today ............Leero obudde "__"

Some Useful Words

Clouds...........................Bire
Dry season.....................Ebiseera by'omusana
Earth............................. Nsi
Fog................................Lufu
Moon.............................Mwezi
Mud...............................Bisooto
Rain...............................Nkuba
Rainy season..................Biseera by'enkuba
Sky...............................Ggulu
Smoke...........................Mukka
Star...............................Mmunyeenye
Storm........................... Mbuyaga
Sun................................Njuba
Sunshine........................Musana

Geographical Terms

Beach..........................
Bridge.........................Lutindo
Cave...........................Mpuku
City.............................Kibuga
Country.......................Ggwanga
County........................Ssaza
Estuary........................
Forest..........................Kibira
Harbour.......................Mwalo
Hill...............................Kasozi
Hot Spring...................Nsulo ezookya
Island...........................Kizinga
Lake............................Nnyanja
Mountain.....................Lusozi
Plain........................... Museetwe
River...........................Mugga
Sea.............................Nnyanja
Stream........................Mwala
Swamp.......................Lutobazzi
Town..........................Kibuga
Valley.........................Kikko/kiwonvu
Village........................Kyalo
Waterfall......................

Plants & Agriculture

Agriculture....................Byabulimi
Coffee.........................Mwanyi
Corn...........................Kasooli
Firewood....................Nku
Flower........................Kimuli
Fruit tree.....................Muti gw'ebibala
Harvest.......................Kukungula
Irrigation.................... Kufukirira
Leaf............................Kikoola
Planting.......................Kusimba
Rice............................Muceere/mupunga
Sugar cane..................Kikajjo
Tea............................Caayi
Tobacco.....................Taaba
Vanilla........................Vanila

Animals & Birds

Bird...........................Kinyonyi
Buffalo.......................Mbogo
Cat............................Kapa/pusi
Chicken.....................Nkoko
Chimpanzee...............Zzike
Cow..........................Nte
Crocodile..................Goonya
Dog...........................Mbwa
Fish...........................Kyenyanja
Frog..........................Kikere
Goat..........................Mbuzi
Horse........................Mbalaasi
Leech........................Kinoso
Leopard.....................Ngo
Lion...........................Mpologoma
Monkey.....................Nkima
Pig.............................Mbizzi
Rooster......................Sseggwanga
Sheep.........................Ndiga
Snake.........................Musota
Spider........................Nabbubi
Zebra.........................Ntulege

Insects

Ant............................
Butterfly......................Kiwojjolo
Cockroach..................Kiyenje
Fly..............................Nsowera
Grasshopper................Nseenene Mosquito....................Nsiri
Termites.....................Nkuyege
White Ant..................Nswa

Outdoor Activities

Mountain climbing..............Kulinnya nsozi
Diving.........................
Fishing..............................Kuvuba
Hunting.............................Kuyigga
Surfing........................
Swimming.........................Kuwuga

Some Useful Words

Backpack....................
Campground................
Camping......................
Compass.....................
Knife..........................Kambe
Lamp..........................Ttaala
Light...........................Kitangaala
Mat............................Kiwempe/omukeeka
Penknife.......................
Rope..........................Muguwa
Stove.........................Sitoovu
Tent...........................Weema
Torch/flashlight...........Tooci

Some Useful Phrases

Are there any tourist attractions around here?...... Wano waliwo ebisikiriza abalambuzi?
Is it safe to swim here?.........................................Wano walungi okuwugira?
There are two caves here.....................................Wano waliwo empuku bbiri
Where is the nearest town?..................................Ekibuga ekiri okumpi kiri ludda wa?
Is it safe to climb this mountain?........................... Luno olusozi lulungi okulinnya?
Is there a hut up there?.........................................Engulu eyo eriyo akasiisira?
Do I need a guide?.............................

Emergencies

Help!..................................... Munnyambe!
It's an emergency!...................Kizibu kya mbagirawo

There's been an accident!........Waguddewo akabenje
Call a doctor!..........................Yita omusawo
Call an ambulance!..................Yita ambyulensi

I've been robbed!....................Banzibye
Stop!......................................Yimirira!
Go away!...............................Genda eri!
I'll get the police!.....................Kampite poliisi/abasirikale!
Watch out!.............................Wegendereze
Thief!......................................Omubbi!
Fire!........................................Omuliro!

I've lost "__" ................ "__" embuzeeko

I am ill.....................Ndi mulwadde
I am lost....................Mbuze

Where is the police station?.............Poliisi siteseni eri ludda wa?
Where are the toilets?.....................Obuyu/ buyonjo buli ludda wa?
Could you help me please?..............Mwattu osobola okunnyamba?
Could I please use the telephone?....Mwattu nsobola okukozesa ku ssimu?
I speak english.................................Njogera olungereza
I have medical insurance..................Nina yinsuwa y'obulwadde

I understand.....................................................Nkitegeera
I dont understand..............................................Sikitegeera
I didn't realize that I was doing anything wrong...Saategedde nti kyembadde nkola kikyamu
I didn't do it......................................................Saakikoze
I'm sorry. I apologise....................................... Nsonyiwa. Nnetonze
I am staying at "__" ..........................................Nsula ku "__"
My contact number.................... (next of kin)


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