greeting for the first time – muraho
good morning – mwara mutse
hello – mwiriwe
have a good day – umunsi mwiza
have a good day (16-18h) – umugoroba mwiza
good evening – muraramukeho, umugoroba mweza
good night – ijoro geza
good-bye (to a lot of people) – muririrweho
farwell – murabeho
go well – urugenda gweza
go = genda
good weekend – icyumweru cyiza
have a good day at work – akazi keza
have good weather – mugire ibihe byiza
Q: how goes it? – amakuru?
A: well – ni meza
Q: abandi baraho? – how are your people?
A: yes – yego (apparently manners dictate that you don’t go into answering the question thoroughly)
no – oya
I would like to know news of your brother – ndashaka amakuru y’abavandimwe
how was the weather? – hariya wari uri hameze gute?
it was cold – ikirere cyari gikonje
it is hot – harashyushye
it is cold – harakonje
the evening is pleasant – hari amafufu
the day is pleasant – hameze neza, hari amahumbezi
it rains – imvura iragwa
Rwanda is beautiful and I like it – u Rwanda ni rwiza ndarukunda
beautiful – rwiza
I love it – ndarukunda
selfish – kwikunda
to be loved – gukundwa
did you rest well? – mwirewe neza?
merry Christmas – Noheli nziza
happy new year – umwaka mushya
bless you (for sneezing) – urakire / twese
are you sick? – warwaye?
I am sick. Please excuse-me – narwaye, mbabarira
I am tired – ndananiwe
I have a stomache – ndwaye igifu
I have a bad stomach – ndwaye mu nda
I am not feeling well – ndumva ntameze neza
I have a headache – namenetse umutwe
I have fever – mfite ibicurane, gutenguwera
my child is sick – umwana wanjye ararwaye
my husband is sick – umugabo wanjye ararwaye
my wife is sick – umugore ararwaye
my father is sick – data ararwaye
my mother is sick – mama ararwaye
my brother is sick – mushiki wanjye ararwaye
my sister is sick – mushiki wanjye ararwaye
my (for people) – wanjye
I am sick – narwaye
you are sick – warwaye
he/she is sick – ararwaye
at the hospital – kubitalo
I want to learn Kinyarwanda – ndashaka kwiga ikinyarwanda
I speak a little – ndavuga buke
I understand a little when one speaks slowly – ndaumva buke u genze buhoro
I understand – ndaumva
I don’t understand (hear) – sinumva
listen – umva
a little – buke
slowly – buhoro
goes – ugenze
where are you coming from? – uje uturuka he?, uturutse he?, uruwahe
I am coming from home – muvuye murugo
I am coming from Gikondo – mvuye i Gikondo
I am coming from – myuye, nturutse
I am of Pakistani origin and British – ndi umunya Pakistani wumwongereza
I live under the lights of RDB – ntyuye munsi ya feu rouge za RDB
I live – ntyuye
I work at RDB – nkorera kuri RDB
I work – ndakora (different from when followed by ‘kuri RDB’)
you work – urakora (sing.)
you work – murakora (pl)
What work do you do? – mwaba mukora ibiki mu buzima busanzwe?
transliteration: qu’est ce que vous faites dans la vie courrante?
mwaba – qu’est-ce
murakora – you work
ibiki – que
buzima – dans la vie
busanzwe – courrante
what is your name? – izina ryawe ninde?
izina – name
rwaye – your
ninde – what
my name is . . . – izina ryanjyeni . . .
rwaye – my
ryawe – your
ryege – his
ryacu – our
ryabo – your (pl.)
bo – their
Introduction to Kinyarwanda on this website
Lesson 2: Getting around, issuing instructions to taxi drivers in Kinyarwanda
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