Basic Nyanja

Greetings

Muli bwanji?                                           

Uli bwanji?                                               

Nili bwino, muli bwanji?                       

Nili bwino, uli bwanji?                            Sinili bwino, ndine wodwala              

Sinili bwino, nadwala   

How are you? (respect / plural)

How are you? (peer / singular)

I am fine, how are you? (respect / plural)

I am fine, how are you? (peer / singular)

I am not fine. I'm sick

I am not fine, I have become sick

Introductions

Ndiwe ndani?

Ndine David

Zina yako ndani?

Zina yanga ndine David/Ndine David

Nanga imwe/ Nanga Iwe?

Nili Bwino, zikomo

Ni ndani uyu?

Ni Jane

Ni ndani uja?

Ni David/Jane

Zina yake ndani?

Zina yake ndani uja?

Ni Gerald/Shakira.

Ucoka kuti?

Nicoka ku Kalundu

Ucokera kuti?

Nicokera ku Longacres

Uyenda kuti?

Niyenda ku Longaacres/Tauni/UNZA.

Ukhala kuti?

Nikhala ku Kalundu

Who are you?

I am David

What's your name?

My name is David

What about you?

I am fine, thanks

Who is this one?

She is Jane

Who is that one?

He is David

What is his name?

What is the name of that one?

He is Gerald/Shakira

Where do you come from?

I come from Kalundu

Where are you coming from?

I am coming from Longacres

Where are you going?

I am going to Longacres/Town/UNZA

Where do you stay/live?

I stay/life in Lusaka/Kalundu

In the morning/ kuseni  (00- 12 hours)

Mwauka bwanji?                        
Wauka bwanji?  

Nauka bwino, wauka bwanji?  

Tauka bwino, mwauka bwanji?

 

Uli bwanji?            

Muli bwanji?

    

Nili bwino, uli bwanji?   

Nili bwino, mwauka bwanji?     

Tili bwino, muli bwanji?            

 

Good morning/how have you woken up?  (respect / plural)

Good morning/how have you woken up? (peer / singular)

My morning is fine, how is your morning? (peer / singular)

My morning is fine, how is your morning? (respect / plural)

 

How are you? (peer / singular)

How are you? (respect / plural)

Am fine, how are you? (peer / singular)

Am fine, how are you? (you alone answering an adult or group)

We are fine, how are you? (a group answering an adult or group)

In the afternoon / M’mazulo or evening /Usiku  (13 -23 hours)

Mwacoma bwanji? 

Wacoma bwanji?   

Nacoma bwino, wacoma bwanji?   

Nacoma bwino, mwacoma bwanji?  

Chawama 

Awe chawama  

How is the afternoon? (respect / plural)

How is the afternoon? (peer / child / singular)

My afternoon is fine, how is your afternoon? (peer / singular)

My afternoon is fine, how is your afternoon? (respect / plural)

That's good

Well, that's really good

Greeting someone who spent the day working/ who works

Mwasewenza bwanji? 

Wasewenza bwanji?    

Nasewenza bwino,  mwasewenza bwanji? 

Nasewenza bwino,  wasewenza bwanji?    

Muyende Bwino 

Zikomo, muyende bwino

How have you worked?  (respect / plural)

How have you worked? (peer / singular)

I have worked well, how you have worked? (respect / plural)

I have worked well, how you have worked? (peer / singular)

Bye

Thank you. Goodbye

Greeting someone who went or who was on a journey/trip

Mwayenda bwanji?       

Munayenda bwanji?      

Nayenda bwino          

Ninayenda bwino      

Sininayende bwino     

Sininayende bwino  

how have you moved/ what is the outcome of the journey/trip?

How did you move/ what was the outcome of the journey?

I have moved well/ I have moved safely/ the journey was successful

I moved well/ I moved safely/ the journey/trip was successful

I have not moved well/ I have not moved safely/ my journey has not been successful         

I did not move well/ I did not move safely/ the journey was not successful