Just as some other Africans were English was introduced to them, Uganda is one of those English-speaking countries. Apart from the use of English which is spoken mostly by the educated majority, there are other languages which originated from the Bantu family.
Today, we’d be looking at some of these languages and the common greetings.
Luganda – this is a Bantu language and it is the traditional language of the Baganda people of Uganda.
Hello – Oli otya
How are you? – Oli otya?
Reply to how are you? – Gyendi. Ate ggwe/Bulungi. Ate ggwe?
Good morning – Wasuze otya nno?
Reply to good morning – Bulungi, wasuze otya nno?
Good afternoon – Osiibye otya nno?
Good evening – Osiibye otya nno?
Goodnight – Sula bulungi
Reply to goodnight – Kale, naawe sula bulungi
Goodbye – Weeraba/Kale, naawe weeraba/Mweraba/Tunaalabagana
Reply to goodafternoon/good evening –Bulungi, osiibye otya nno?
What’s your name? – Erinnya lyo ggwe ani?
My name is… – Erinnya lyange nze…
Where are you from? – Ova ludda wa?
Yes – Yee/Mm
No – Nedda
Excuse me – Owange
Sorry – Nsonyiwa
Hello – Oraire ota?
How are you? – Oraire ota?
Reply to how are you? – Ndeire gye/Ndyaho
Good morning – Oraire ota?
Good afternoon – Osiibirota
Reply to good afternoon – Nsibire gye
Good evening – Osiibire ota?
Goodnight – Oraare gye
Goodbye – Osiibegye/Kare
What’s your name? – Eiziina ryawe oryoha?
My name is… – Iziina ryangye ni…
Yes – Eego
No – Ngaaha/Apaana
Good morning – Wasuze otya
Good afternoon – Osiibye otya
Good evening – Osiibye oya
How are you? – Oli otya?/Koodhi eyo?
Reply to how are you? – Ndi bukalamu/Tuliyo
Welcome greeting – Kalibu
Edited by Ebenezer Oladokun